Ground Lamb

Ground lamb is great in everything from British shepherd's pies to boldly spiced Middle Eastern kofta. Swap it into any recipe that calls for ground beef and instantly add an earthy, gamey flavor. Ground lamb will also satisfy your lamb cravings without the typical hefty price tag. (A leg or rack of lamb can be quite expensive.) Food & Wine's guide provides recipes from around the globe, along with helpful tips from your favorite chefs and flavoring ideas to add to your repertoire.

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Roasted Eggplant Moussaka with Lamb
Rating: Unrated
Roasting eggplant until it's creamy and custardy makes it the perfect base for layering with a rich, meaty sauce in this take on moussaka, which is topped with a rich layer of ricotta and mozzarella cheese in place of béchamel sauce. Don't worry if the eggplant slices look dry when flipped; they will continue to release moisture during the remainder of the roasting time. Elizabeth-Rose Mandalou, Beverage Director at WM Restaurants in Sacramento, California, picked a perfect wine pairing for this cozy dish: "Go for a Cabernet Sauvignon and Agiorgitiko blend for this dish; the plum and cherry notes and warm spices in the wine balance the richness of the eggplant and lamb."
Spicy Lamb Meatballs with Green Goddess Dip
Rating: Unrated
Inspired by merguez, a North African lamb sausage, these meatballs are loaded with cumin, garlic, and paprika for the ideal one-bite nosh. Harissa gives them a fiery heat that’s tempered by the herby dip. Not a fan of lamb? Try preparing these make-ahead meatballs with ground beef or a plant-based meat alternative, such as Impossible.
Lamb Kofta
Traditional kofta hug the metal skewers in oblong ovals for stability and greater contact with the grill. Metal skewers work best here—they conduct heat, which helps them cook evenly. Mint, paprika, and tart pomegranate molasses match the stronger flavor of ground lamb.Slideshow: More Ground Lamb Recipes
Ground Lamb Recipes
Here is a collection of our favorite appetizing and flavorful ground lamb recipes that are sure to please. These dishes include Mediterranean style dishes and spices like cumin really bring out the savory flavor.
Spiced-Lamb and Potato Pie
The Chew co-host Carla Hall is a savory-pie specialist: As a contestant on Top Chef, she won a challenge by making the ultimate chicken potpie. For this Mediterranean revamp of a shepherd’s pie, Hall adds feta and fresh mint and swaps in fried potato slices for the usual mashed potatoes. Slideshow:  More Lamb RecipesRecipe from Food & Wine Chefs' Easy Weeknight Dinners
Provençal Lamb Burgers
Chef Jonathon Sawyer of Cleveland’s Greenhouse Tavern stacks these Provençal-spiced lamb burgers with deliciously assertive ingredients, including Niçoise olives and Époisses, a soft, funky cow-milk cheese from France. If you can’t find Époisses, feel free to substitute Camembert. Slideshow:  More Lamb RecipesRecipe from Food & Wine Chefs' Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Lamb Meatballs with Yogurt Sauce
For these Middle Eastern inspired meatballs, try substituting regular bread-crumbs with gluten-free oats. The result is great, firm meatballs with the added health benefits of extra fiber. Slideshow: More Meatball Recipes 
Lamb Gyro Dumplings with Tzatziki
Rating: Unrated
In his superdelicious mash-up of cuisines, Chicago chef Mike Sheerin packs a flavorful Greek gyro–inspired lamb filling into dumplings, steams them and serves them with tzatziki. Slideshow: How to Make Dumplings