Grilling Times For Lamb

This chart shows you how long to grill different cuts of lamb, from chops to kabobs and more.

Grilled Lamb Chops with Rosemary

Grilled Lamb Chops | Photo by Meredith

Lamb is medium rare when the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F (63 degrees C), and is well done at 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).

Grilling Times for Lamb

CutMethodHeatTimeInternal Temp.
(minimum)
 Chops: Shoulder, Loin, or Rib —  — —  —
 1-inch thick Direct High 5 min./side 145 F (63 C)
 Steaks: Sirloin, or Leg —  —  —  —
 1-inch thick Direct High 5 min./side 145 F (63 C)
 Kabobs —  —  —  —
 1-inch cubes Direct High 4 min./ side 145 F (63 C)
 Patties —  — —  —
 1/2-inch thick Direct High 3 min./side 160 F (70 C)
 Leg, Butterflied —   — — —
 4 to 7 pounds Indirect Medium 40 to 50 min./total 145 F (63 C)

 

May We Suggest…

A handful of top-rated grilled lamb recipes:

Grilled Lamb Chops with Curry, Apple and Raisin Sauce

“This recipe for grilled lamb chops is superb, with a definite East Indian flavor. The lamb is succulent and the sauce is such a flavor combination you will want to make this frequently. This is a recipe for those people who don’t even like lamb — as it made a true convert out of me.” — Sweet Pickles Mom

Mediterranean Lamb Burgers

“These burgers are juicy and full of flavor. You can double the recipe and freeze half of the patties in wax paper to eat at a later time. Fine to place on the grill frozen (just add to the cooking time).” — HerbanSpoons

Kofta Kebabs

“These kebabs have 6 different kinds of spices. The first time I smelled them I knew immediately that I had to find the recipe. Serve with yogurt, flat bread, lettuce, tomato and cucumber.” — SRKELZ

Asian Barbequed Butterflied Leg of Lamb

“Inspired by Mongolian Beef and the Korean short ribs my grandfather always made for special occasions. Have your butcher trim, split, and debone a whole leg of lamb for you. Slice to serve. We like it wrapped in tortillas or flatbreads with leaves of butter lettuce.” — Cyndi

Chef John’s Grilled Lamb Steaks

Marinade the lamb in Greek yogurt, olive oil, garlic, and herbs. The key, though, is drizzling the vinaigrette over the steaks immediately after pulling them from the grill. “Using vinaigrette as a sauce for grilled meats is one of my favorite ‘cheats’ of all time. They take minutes to whisk together, there’s absolutely no culinary finesse required, and the combinations of oils, vinegar, and flavorings are limitless.” — Chef John


See our collection of Grilled Lamb Recipes.


VIDEO: How to Grill Lamb Steaks

A simple vinaigrette makes a quick, foolproof sauce for grilled lamb steak. See how to make grilled marinated lamb steaks dressed with a tangy vinaigrette starring mint, honey, and sherry.

Chef John’s recipe for Grilled Lamb Steaks.
 


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