These Grilled Marinated Lamb Chops feature Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavors wrapped up in one easy grilling recipe. Served with a refreshing herb salad on top, this elegant dish is perfect for summer dinners or special events.Jump to Recipe
Mediterranean lamb chops on the grill
These Grilled Marinated Lamb Chops are a summertime favorite. Featuring an herbaceous, smoky marinade and a fresh herb salad on top, you can make this vibrant meal for summer celebrations or dinners at home.
You may be surprised at just how easy this lamb chop recipe really is. There aren’t any fancy techniques involved or long cook times. Those are better off in my elegant Crusted Rack of Lamb recipe.
These rib chops first sit in a marinade flavored with sumac, aleppo pepper, dried seasonings, and oil. You can even make the marinade ahead of time or leave the chops to marinate for hours if you need to save time. Grill the marinated chops for a few minutes on the grill and you’re done!
Ingredients and substitutions
Lamb is tender with a subtle gamey, grassy flavor on its own. The flavors only get better when you dress it in beautiful marinades and serve complimentary sides and sauces on the side.
This recipe is elevated with a blend of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavor profiles using these ingredients:
- Lamb chops – Grilling bone-in lamb rib chops is one of the best ways to cook this meaty cut. Regardless of their thickness, rib chops are ready to eat after just a few minutes on the grill. You can use lamb loin chops instead of rib chops but they’ll need a few extra minutes to cook on each side. Pro tip: I’ve found that buying rib roasts and cutting them yourself is less expensive than buying pre-cut chops.
- Lamb marinade – This 5-ingredient marinade is slightly smoky and savory. All you need to make it is garlic powder, sumac, ground coriander, aleppo pepper, and olive oil. Feel free to replace the aleppo pepper with cumin or ancho chili powder and use lemon zest instead of sumac.
- Herb salad – I made this salad with a base of mint and cilantro dressed in oil and lemon zest, then topped it with quick pickled radishes, shallots, and fresno peppers. The heat in the pepper will be toned down once it’s pickled, but if you’re worried about it, use serrano peppers or jalapenos instead.
- Greek yogurt – For dipping!
How to make grilled marinated lamb chops
The process is easy: season, marinate, and grill the chops! Follow these step-by-step instructions to get started:
- Prepare the marinade: Mix the spices and oil together in a small bowl.
- Marinate the lamb chops: Rub the marinade all over each lamb chop, then leave them to marinate for 15 minutes or 1 hour.
- Grill the chops: Place the marinated lamb chops on a hot grill and cook on each side until they reach your desired doneness (see below for lamb cooking temperatures). Take them off the heat and let the chops rest while you prepare the salad.
- Make the herb salad: Toss the radishes, fresno pepper, and shallots with vinegar and salt in a large bowl. Let them sit and pickle for a few minutes. Afterward, add the mint, cilantro, and oil, and toss to combine.
- Serve and enjoy: Transfer the chops to a platter and place the herb salad on top. Serve the chops with Greek yogurt on the side for dipping, then enjoy!
Lamb cooking temperatures
- Rare: 115ºF – 120ºF
- Medium rare: 120ºF – 125ºF
- Medium: 130ºF – 135ºF
- Medium well: 140ºF – 145ºF
- Well done: 150ºF – 155ºF
Don’t forget: the lamb will continue to cook even after it’s off the heat. Remove the chops from the grill when they’re about 5 degrees away from your desired doneness to ensure they don’t overcook.
Frequently asked questions
The chops can sit in the marinade for as little as 15 minutes or as long as 24 hours. Keep them in the fridge if you’re marinating them for more than 1 hour. Afterward, let the chops in the marinade sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before cooking.
You can pan sear lamb chops on the stove but it isn’t a necessary step before cooking them on the grill.
You’ll know the chops are ready once they’ve reached your desired internal temperature. Follow the guide with the cooking temperatures above.
Cook the lamb chops under the broiler on HIGH if you don’t have a grill. They should be ready to eat after about 5 to 8 minutes per side.
Looking for more grilling recipes?
- Grilled Chicken Kabobs with Vegetables
- Citrus Grilled Shrimp and Avocado Salad
- Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Kabobs
- Chicken, Broccoli, and Mushroom Grilled Pizza
- Grilled Peaches and Ice Cream
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Grilled Marinated Lamb Chops
For the lamb chops:
For the lamb:
- Preheat your grill to 400F degrees. Or preheat a stovetop grill pan to medium-high heat. (*See tips for more info).
- Prepare the lamb by slicing each riblet from the rack of lamb or ask your butcher to prepare that for you.
- Add the spices and olive oil in a small bowl. Mix to combine. Rub all over the lamb chops on each side. Let them sit out for 15 minutes or up to an hour until they’re at room temperature.
- Add the lamb chops to the grill, cook for 2-4 minutes on each side to desired doneness, 135°F for medium-rare (check with a meat thermometer). Transfer to platter and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
For the herb salad:
- While the lamb chops are marinating, add sliced radishes, fresno pepper and shallots to a bowl, season with salt and vinegar, stir, allowing the ingredients to pickle a bit. Drizzle the olive oil and toss to combine.
- Fold in the chopped cilantro, lemon zest, and mint right before serving.
- Place the lamb chops on a platter and add the herb salad on top of the lamb chops. Serve with a side of yogurt on the side and a tomato salad or your favorite Mediterranean sides.
- Though it’s not necessary to marinate ahead of time, feel free to season the lamb chops a few hours before you plan to grill them and refrigerate them. Take the chops out 30 minutes ahead of grilling to bring them to room temperature.
- This recipe is for lamb rib chops. This recipe works for lamb loin chops, but you’ll want to increase the cooking time by 2 or 3 minutes on each side.
- You can find lamb rib chops already cut in the grocery store, but I’ve found that it’s less expensive to buy lamb rib roasts and cut them into individual chops with a very sharp knife.
- If you don’t have a grill – don’t worry! Grill Pan: Cook on medium heat for 4-6 minutes per side. Broiler: Preheat your broiler to HIGH. Remove lamb from the refrigerator 30-minutes before you plan to cook them. Broil for 5-8 minutes per side.