Delicious Lamb Recipes for Weeknights and Special Occasions Alike
From grilled burgers to a showstopping crown roast of lamb, there are so many creative ways to serve this meat any night of the week.
Lamb may not be as popular as chicken or pork for an everyday meal, but we're here to convince you that this meat really is just as versatile and special as the others in your weekly rotation. The most common cuts of lamb include lamb loins, ground lamb, lamb shoulder, and leg of lamb. While some cuts are more suited to casual weeknight meals—such as ground lamb for burgers or lamb loins—others, like a rack of lamb, are best for an extra-special holiday dinner. Ahead, we're sharing our favorite lamb recipes that will inspire you to cook with this protein more often.
Our Lamb Shoulder Barbacoa, pictured here, is a labor of love but it's just right for a summertime meal. Start by creating a paste of ancho chiles, light brown sugar, chipotle in adobo sauce, the juice and zest of a few limes, and spices. Marinate the lamb shoulder in the paste, then wrap the meat in banana leaves and grill over indirect heat for two hours until it's tender and succulent. The result is a delicious, flavorful meat that you can pile into tortillas and top with salsa verde, sliced radishes, and sour cream.
If you want to get dinner on the table in less than one hour, prepare our Zucchini, Lamb, and Summer Squash Kebabs with Buttermilk Dill Marinade. They're the perfect light summer meal and a great way to highlight seasonal produce and a top-round leg of lamb. On a chilly night, make our Lamb and Bulgur Stew with White Beans. Simmer ground lamb with paprika, diced plum tomatoes, and bulgur in water; towards the end of the cooking process, add cannellini beans, baby spinach, and feta cheese until everything is cooked through. It's a hearty dish that you simply can't pass up when the weather turns frosty.
Whether you start by serving something like our Crown Roast of Lamb with Pilaf Stuffing for Christmas dinner or our Grilled Lamb Burgers with Yogurt-Feta Sauce to celebrate the start of summer, you'll quickly see that lamb recipes deserve a place on your table all year long.
Pepper-Crusted Lamb with Roasted Vegetables
Lamb Kebabs with Herbed Yogurt
Grilled Lamb Loins
Hosting a dinner party? Make a crowd-friendly boneless lamb loin, seasoned with coriander, cumin, cinnamon, thyme, and rosemary. Pair it with grilled vegetables or Little Gems, Asparagus, and Peas with Creamy Mustard Vinaigrette for a truly impressive meal.
Grilled Lamb Burgers with Yogurt-Feta Sauce
Slow-Cooker Persian Lamb Stew
Roasted Leg of Lamb with Asparagus and Herbs
Ramp pesto is garlicky, savory, and loaded with flavor. It's just the thing to pair with an extra-special cut of boneless butterflied leg of lamb and spring asparagus.
Crown Roast of Lamb with Pilaf Stuffing
Make this showstopping main for a holiday meal. Two whole racks of lamb are seasoned with a spice mixture of coriander, lemon zest, garlic, and thyme, then served with a bulgur-and-rice pilaf.
Rosemary-and-Garlic Lamb Chops
In just 35 minutes, you can create an impressive dinner that's worthy of five-stars. Think of this dish as a super speedy braise—start by searing lamb shoulder chops, then cook frozen pearl onions with garlic, rosemary, tomato paste, red wine, and chicken broth. Serve everything over buttery mashed potatoes.
Salt-Crusted Leg of Lamb
Grilled Leg of Lamb with Preserved Lemon
Boneless leg of lamb makes a spectacular meal. Here, we dress it up with preserved lemon, chopped garlic, dried red chiles, fresh mint, garlic, and marjoram leaves. It's a definite winner.
Spice-Rubbed Rack of Lamb
A dish to warm your soul and satisfy your appetite, this curry is made with lamb shoulder and spiced with ground turmeric, crushed cardamom pods, cinnamon, cumin, and coriander.
Balsamic Lamb Chops with Stone Fruit and Arugula
The key to tender lamb chops is bringing them to room temperature before cooking. In this recipe, they're marinated in advance in a combination of balsamic vinegar, sugar, and extra-virgin olive oil. Then they're pan-fried in a large skillet and served with a summery salad.
Grilled Lamb Meatballs with Salsa Verde
Eggplants Stuffed with Lamb, Rice, and Currants
Lamb and Bulgur Stew with White Beans
Zucchini, Lamb, and Summer Squash with Buttermilk Dill Marinade
This light summer dinner comes together in less than one hour—it's just the thing for family dinners or an impressive smoky starter for backyard parties.