Make this Simple Grilled Lamb Chop Recipe this weekend for a dinner that is quick, easy and impressive for company! Lamb Chops are so tender and packed full of flavor.
Grilling lamb chops isn’t the first thing most people think of when they are asking friends over for a cookout, but it should be! These rich little tender pieces of meat have so much flavor all on their own, you really don’t need to go overboard with dressing them up. We decided to stick to a basic herb rub to enhance the flavor. We didn’t want to overtake the delicate lamb flavor.
Lamb chops or rib chops are perfect for the grill as they are tender and aren’t tough like a shoulder. That is a tougher piece of the lamb and won’t showcase well on the grill like it will in a slow cooker.
🔥 Grilling Instructions
These delicate pieces of meat are almost as simple as grilling a hamburger, so get ready to be shocked how easy these are!
Step One: Set up your grill to 350 degrees. Use direct heat. It will sear the meat and add a phenomenal taste.
Step Two: While the grill is heating up, make the herb rub. Rub olive oil on both sides of the lamb chops and then sprinkle both sides with the herb rub. The rub is light and adds just a hint of flavor.
Step Three: Grill for 5-7 minutes each side, depending on how well you want it done. For a chop that is 1-1.5 inches thick, the maximum time will be about 11 minutes to reach the recommended 145 degrees.
These come up to temperature extremely fast, so don’t go too far when grilling them. If your grill has hot spots, these may cook even faster than you realize. Be careful to monitor them to avoid overcooking. Stay close and watch them. Use a wireless thermometer to test them as you go so you don’t overcook them.
📌 Items to Note
Lamb shouldn’t have too much of a gamey taste, but if it does it tends to come from the fat. Sheep older than one year may also taste more like game. Young lamb does have a strong, distinct flavor though. If you buy a rack of lamb, loin chops or rib chops, they will taste sweeter as they have less fat. Since fat is the primary driver of the game taste, these will be more mild.
⏲️ Grilling Time
The United States Department of Agriculture suggests that you cook lamb chops until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees. A lot of people like to cook their lamb chops to be medium rare at 130 degrees, just recognize that the USDA suggests 145 degrees.
Most people don’t cook it above this point or it will become too dry and won’t be as enjoyable.
What to Serve with Grilled Lamb Chops
Lamb chops are so special that you want to have sides that match it so my recommendations are:
Grilled Carrots with Balsamic Glaze – These are always a “go to” side for our family whether we make them on the grill or roast them in the oven. They come out so tender and packed of flavor that we can’t help ourselves from eating them right away!
Grilled Honey Acorn Squash – This is a super simple recipe that we use a lot because it just requires so little thought, yet tastes amazing! We all need these types of recipes that don’t require an extra trip to the store for missed ingredients.
Grilled Parmesan Sweet Potatoes – This was a huge hit in our house and we aren’t sure why. We love all the ingredients and this is one recipe where they all came together perfectly!
If you decide to grill lamb chops, let us know how they turned out! Did you try a different recipe? We’d love to hear what you did.
Grilled Lamb Chops with an Herb Rub
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 tsp Rosemary dried
- 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
- Salt and Pepper to taste
Fresh Lamb Chops
- 4 each Lamb Chops
Prepare the Herb Rub Mixture
- In a small bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the herbed rub and stir well
- Rub the lamb chops with olive oil and both sides. Sprinkle or rub the herb mixture on both sides of the lamb chops. The light coating of ol iwll help the lamb from sticking to the grill.
Grilling Lamb Chops
- Preheat grill at 350 degrees. Set it up for direct heat as it will add sear marks and enhance the flavor.
- Grill lamb chops for 5-7 minutes each side, depending on thickness making sure to reach the 145 degrees temperature.