30+ Delicious Ways to Cook Lamb for Dinner

updated Jan 23, 2023
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Lamb Qidreh
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When I was growing up, I never really ate very much lamb at home. I only ever had it on special occasions like Easter, and usually when somebody else is cooking. Now that I’m older and cook for myself, I love incorporating lamb into my dinner roster — especially lamb burgers.

Lamb is one of those dishes that sometimes feels a little fancy for your average weeknight dinner, but I would say think again. While a roast leg of lamb is an excellent go-to for more noteworthy meals, you can get lamb chops on the table in just 20 minutes, and the same goes for ground lamb.

Whether lamb makes a regular appearance in your meal plan or you’re new to cooking with it, know that there are plenty of ways to serve it for dinner. And to help you out, we’ve compiled more than 30 delicious lamb recipes to get you started.

Ground Lamb Recipes

If you’re looking to switch up a dish you’d usually use ground beef in, ground lamb is an excellent option, and an easy way to pack more flavor into any meal.

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Greek Lamb Meatballs with Creamy Dill Dipping Sauce
If you’ve only ever made meatballs with ground beef or turkey, it’s time to try savory ground lamb.
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Greek-Style Lamb Burgers with Tzatziki
Ground lamb plus a mix of classic Greek herbs and spices, like cinnamon, coriander, mint, and oregano, is just the ticket to give burger night a fun change.
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Greek(ish) Pasta with Lamb, Zucchini, and Feta
Have you ever made pasta with ground lamb? It makes an excellent addition and provides a nice richness to the dish.
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Lamb Bolognese
Traditionally, bolognese uses a mixture of ground beef and veal to create a rich, meaty sauce that’s perfect for spooning over thick noodles like pappardelle. Using ground lamb adds a complexity and distinctness to the classic sauce.
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Lamb Meatball Sliders with Chimichurri and Crispy Shallots
A truly delicious little slider topped with a garlicky mix of herbs and crunchy fried shallots.
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Easy Lamb Kefta
These homemade meatballs (kefta) make a really fabulous dinner, and are especially great if you find yourself in a weeknight recipe rut and need something a little different.
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Lamb Meatballs with Egg & Lemon Sauce
A rich lemony sauce gives these lamb meatballs a special twist.
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Spiced Lamb Meatballs
These meatballs are an all-time favorite: warmly spiced with garam masala, fragrant with onion, ginger, and garlic, and so tender and juicy.
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Naan Wraps with Homemade Cucumber Raita
These naan wraps are filled to the brim with cumin-spiced lamb, shredded iceberg lettuce, and a quick homemade cucumber raita.
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Simple Shepherd's Pie
One enormous square of this casserole, with its blanket of mashed potatoes and that savory meat-and-vegetable filling, will send a sigh of contentment through your whole body.
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Meatloaf from Scratch
Whether you prefer beef or turkey, go ahead and mix some ground lamb into your next meatloaf. Trust me, you won't regret it.
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Syrian Herb and Meat Latkes (Ijeh B'Lahmeh)
A mix of ground lamb and beef packs these meaty patties with tons of rich flavor.
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Deep Dish Pastitsio
This homey Greek casserole is quite possibly the best way to enjoy second-day pasta.
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Stuffed Grape Leaves with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce
If you've never made your own stuffed grape leaves, it's high time to give it a go. This version uses a filling with ground lamb, rice, herbs, pine nuts, and dried currants.
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Harissa Lamb Sliders
Harissa and lamb make for a dynamic duo in these sliders topped with feta cheese, pickled onions, and harissa mayo.
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Lamb Meatballs
Any dinner recipe that is quick, healthful, and flavor-packed is a winner in our book — and these lamb meatballs check all the boxes.
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Lamb Chops

Lamb chops are a tried-and-true favorite. These are some of our favorite ways of preparing this excellent cut of meat.

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Lamb Chops with Creamy Mustard Shallot Sauce, Roasted Tomatoes & Pearl Couscous
These lamb rib chops come together in a breeze. Such a prized cut needs little adornment — just olive oil and a generous amount of kosher salt and pepper. Accompanied by herb-infused pearl couscous and roasted tomatoes.
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Lamb with Dark Chocolate Pepper Sauce
A roasted lamb rack is perfect for two, and the chocolate enriches the pan juices, making the perfect sauce to accompany it.
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Lamb Chops with Pesto Croute
A simple but elegant lamb dish, and as a bonus, if the pesto is made ahead, these lamb chops take less than 15 minutes to cook!
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Garlic Butter Lamb Chops
Savoy lamb chops are seared until golden and seasoned with a garlicky butter sauce.
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Classic Lamb Chops
If you have a skillet and a thermometer you can make these easy, delicious lamb chops.
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Lamb Shanks, Leg of Lamb, and Lamb Shoulder

If you’ve never cooked lamb shanks, they can feel a little intimidating — but we promise they’re much easier to make than you think.

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Balsamic and Citrus-Braised Lamb Shanks with Whipped Parsnip Purée
The nutty-sweet aroma of the parsnips pairs perfectly with rich and meaty lamb shanks in this luxurious dinner for two.
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Braised Lamb Shanks & Root Vegetable Puree
These lamb shanks braised in red wine are proof that simplicity really is key.
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Rosemary Braised Lamb Shanks with Creamy Polenta
These braised lamb shanks are super tender and swimming in a rosemary-scented red wine sauce.
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Roast Leg of Lamb
Roast leg of lamb is an impressive main whenever you serve it. Here’s our remarkably simple, fuss-free approach to cooking this dish.
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Roast Lamb with Wild Garlic Pesto, Lettuce & Peas
Elevating your classic roast lamb, the intensely spicy green garlic pesto is packed with flavor and a lovely way to celebrate spring.
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Rosemary Lamb Kebabs with Smoky Eggplant
Fire up the grill and make this meat-y main plus smoky eggplant dip for dinner. Serve with grilled pita bread and dry rosé.
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Instant Pot Kacchi Lamb Dum Biryani
This recipe shows you how to make a fragrant lamb biryani — and rice! — in your Instant Pot for a one pot meal you can enjoy for a hearty dinner.
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Turkish-Style Shepherd's Pie
The same cozy appeal you expect from the classic version, with a Turkish-inspired flavor.
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Lamb Qidreh
Qidreh is a Palestinian meat and rice dish originating in Hebron. The rice is cooked with chunks of meat, garbanzo beans, aromatics, and stock, resulting in a decadent main.
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Lamb Stews

Stews are already the definition of hearty and comforting, but when you add a little lamb to the mix you’re in for a real treat.

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Rich and Meaty Lamb Ragu
We love rich, meaty ragù. It’s such a treat blanketed over fresh pasta, or over fragrant rice. This one requires a lengthy cook time (on the stove or in the slow cooker), but the hands-on time in short.
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Lamb Korma
Made with lean lamb leg and a little coconut milk, this creamy curry tastes totally decadent but is surprisingly light.
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Lamb Curry
Let this spiced curry be your lesson on just how easy it can be to cook something really delicious in a very short amount of time, all thanks to the pressure cooker.
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Lamb Rogan Josh
This rich and spicy slow-cooked stew is perfect for chilly winter days.
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