Ground Lamb Recipes

Lamb Wontons with Salmon Roe and Dill

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.

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Ground Lamb and Shallot Kebabs with Pomegranate Molasses


Burhan Cagdas makes ground-meat kebabs (kofta) from hand-chopped lamb mixed with diced lamb-tail fat. In place of the fat, Paula Wolfert uses crème fraîche, which keeps the meat rich-tasting and meltingly tender.

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Turkish Ground-Lamb Pizzas


At her takeout shop in Istanbul, Kantin Dükkan, Semsa Denizsel tops her pizzas with ground lamb (flavored with sweet sun-dried tomatoes and a little spicy red pepper), but you can substitute ground beef instead. To make the pizza even more substantial, bake it with an egg on top; the runny yolk is terrific with the whole-wheat crust.

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Lamb and Two-Cheese Quesadillas

Lamb and Two-Cheese Quesadillas
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Pappardelle with Lamb Ragu


Chef Way Andrew Carmellini serves fresh pappardelle with a ragù of house-ground lamb shoulder cooked in lamb stock. He finishes the dish with fresh ricotta and chopped mint.

Easy Way Use store-bought pappardelle, ground lamb and chicken stock, then top the dish with fresh ricotta and mint.

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Quick Coconut Lamb Curry

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Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Lamb, Tomato, and Cumin Sauce

Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Lamb, Tomato, and Cumin Sauce
© Helene Dujardin

A Middle Eastern version of the spaghetti with meat sauce we all know and love, this pasta should find a ready audience. It's good with macaroni or with plain spaghetti.

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Stuffed Eggplant with Lamb and Pine Nuts

Stuffed Eggplant with Lamb and Pine Nuts
© Antonis Achilleos

This cinnamon-scented recipe is Yotam Ottolenghi and Rami Tamimi's take on a dish made by Elran Shrefler at Azura Restaurant.

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Cumin Lamb Noodles with Eggplant

Cumin Lamb Noodles with Eggplant
© Christina Holmes

Blogger Ashley Rodriguez creates a rich, creamy lamb ragu with delicious Greek flavors; it's a total crowd-pleaser and a nice alternative to more common Italian pasta dishes.

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Chopped Lamb Steak with Garlicky Spinach

Chopped Lamb Steaks

"Chopped steaks are really just glorified hamburgers," Marcia Kiesel says. "It's a ground meat patty, but you eat it with a fork and knife like a steak—with or without bread." Marcia updates the old-fashioned diner staple by using ground lamb instead of beef and serving it with garlicky wilted spinach and warm goat cheese. "It's such a lazy summer meal," she says.

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Beef-and-Lamb Burgers with Cheddar and Caper Remoulade


Pairing Note The lamb in this juicy burger adds a complex flavor, but the tangy remoulade created a pairing conundrum for wine educator Marnie Old.

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Spiced Lamb-and-Rice Dressing with Chickpeas


Instead of the more common bread-based dressing, Sam Mogannam's mother, Mariette, always serves turkey with this hearty, savory Palestinian stuffing, traditionally used as a filling for grape leaves or halved zucchini.

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Moroccan Lamb Burgers with Mint-Yogurt Sauce

Moroccan Lamb Burgers with Mint-Yogurt Sauce
© Dana Gallagher
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Baked Tomatoes Stuffed with Lamb and Fresh Herbs


Tradition-minded Greek cooks stuff all sorts of vegetables, like eggplant, zucchini, peppers and onions. For the recipe here, look for tomatoes that aren't overly ripe, or they will fall apart while baking.

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Strozzapreti with Lamb Ragù


Strozzapreti has a ridge along its length, which helps pick up more of the sauce,” says Michael Mina of this pasta, which he serves with a spiced lamb ragù.

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Fennel Risotto with Crispy Lamb Sausage


A homemade lamb-and-fennel sausage, made with store-bought ground lamb, gets browned in a pan and served over fragrant fennel risotto.

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Lamb-and-Spinach-Stuffed Onions

Lamb-and-Spinach-Stuffed Onions
© Anna Williams

These stellar lamb-stuffed onions are baked in a creamy sauce and topped with crispy bread crumbs.

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Lamb Gyro Dumplings with Tzatziki

Lamb Gyro Dumplings with Tzatziki
© Christina Holmes

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.

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Lamb Meatballs with Cumin, Mint, and Tomato Sauce


Mint, cumin, and chopped almonds give these delicious meatballs their Middle Eastern flavor. There's plenty of mint and cumin in the tomato sauce, too. Serve the meatballs and sauce over steamed couscous to be authentic. We think they're great over rice too.

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Ratatouille Strata with Lamb and Olives


A strata (which roughly translates to "layered") is a savory bread pudding usually made with household staples: eggs, milk, bread, cheese. Max London's vegetable-rich version is worth the extra effort.

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Lamb Wontons with Salmon Roe and Dill

Lamb Wontons with Salmon Roe and Dill

Danny Bowien gives his addictive, decidedly Asian lamb wontons a fun Scandinavian twist by garnishing them with yogurt, salmon roe and dill. They can be made ahead of time and kept in the freezer.

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