Grilled Marinated Lamb

This grilled marinated lamb is full of garlic and rosemary flavor. All grilled to perfection and perfect served with a side of roasted potatoes. It’s perfect for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and of course Easter. 

Grilled Marinated Lamb Recipe by Nutmeg Nanny

I made this grilled lamb two days after Easter. I had originally bought it to slow roast in the oven overtop golden potatoes. In my brain the lamb was going to cook until pink perfection and the potatoes would be crispy and coated in delicious lamb juices.

So I pop on the oven to preheat, start an episode of Parts Unknown (Anthony Bourdain…swoon!) and start chopping my rosemary. I’m mincing away at my rosemary and I hear a weird sound. I give a side glance to my stove and see a bright light inside the oven. I open the door and the heating element on the bottom of the oven was on fire. Of course I immediately yell “Art! Get in the kitchen! The oven is one fire!” and some how in my hysterics remember I should probably shut the oven off. Art finally gets into the kitchen to see just a tiny baby flame sputter out and the heating element turn to dust and break in half.

Grilled Marinated Lamb Recipe by Nutmeg Nanny

I stood there. My mouth was open and my face was basically saying “What. The. Hell!” Except hell might have been replaced with a word that starts with F. Then tears starting streaming down my face as I look at Art and said “My lamb! What am I supposed to do about my lamb? I just bought that lamb and now it’s going to go to waste.” He gave me a hug, told me not to worry all while probably thinking “Ok drama queen…lets bring it down a notch.”

Then I come to my senses and exclaimed that we were off to buy a new oven. So we drove to Sears, Home Depot and Lowes. I finally settled on an oven, charged the thing (my credit card cried) and went to the diner for Easter dinner. If you’re wondering, I had a bacon cheeseburger with fries and Art had a rueben sandwich. Not exactly the traditional Easter food but it worked.

After all this excitement I finally posted to Facebook about my troubles. I was bummed about my lamb and didn’t really want to freeze it but knew it wouldn’t stay fresh in time for the new oven. Then my friend Lauren from the blog Healthy Delicious chimed in “Do you have a grill?” Ummmm why hadn’t I though to grill my lamb? I don’t know, I’m going to blame it on the stress but seriously as soon as she said that I knew it was going to get grilled up!

Grilled Marinated Lamb Recipe by Nutmeg Nanny

I did a really simple marinade of olive oil, lemon juice, rosemary, garlic and just a pinch of salt. I wanted to give the meat some flavor without totally masking all that lovely natural lamb flavor. Your cooking time on the grill will depend on your desired doneness (as you can see I like rare) and the thickness of your meat. I used a boneless leg of lamb and cut it into two hunks because it was easier to cook that way. Obviously the smaller portion cooked first but it was still perfect because it gave it time to rest.

I also think this grilled marinated lamb would be perfect for Mother’s Day because lamb totally yells spring to me. Trust me, your mom would love if you placed a platter of this deliciousness in front of her!


Grilled Marinated Lamb

This grilled marinated lamb is full of garlic and rosemary flavor. All grilled to perfection and perfect served with a side of roasted potatoes. It's perfect for Mother's Day, Father's Day and of course Easter.

Yield: 5 pound lamb

Prep Time: 8 hours marinade time

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes plus marinade time


  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon, zested
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons minced rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 5 pound boneless leg of lamb

Slightly adapted from Epicurious


In mixing bowl whisk together olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper.

Add to a large 2 gallon ziptop bag (or large marinated bucket if you own one) and add in lamb. Move the lamb around in the back to make sure it's fully coated.

Place the marinated lamb bag in a 9x13 dish and add to the fridge. The dish is there just in case the bag leaks. You don't want to clean marinade out of your fridge. Not a fun job - trust me!

Let the lamb marinade for at least 8 hours. When you're ready to cook your lamb take it out of the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for about 1 hour.

Get your grill up to medium heat and add on your lamb. For medium doneness you want to bring your lamb up to 130 degrees in the middle. This is the perfect time to have a meat thermometer handy. It's your best bet for truly knowing the doneness of the meat.

Once your meat is cooked remove from the grill, add to platter, cover loosely with foil and let sit for at least 15 minutes. This helps keep the meat tender and juicy.

Once your meat has rested slice it up and enjoy!

31 Responses to “Grilled Marinated Lamb”

  1. #
    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — May 7, 2014 at 8:41 am

    I swear, appliances break at the worst possible time. Our washer broke while filled with clothes. And water. No fun. But at least you were able to come out with this grilled lamb! It looks delicious!

  2. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — May 7, 2014 at 8:57 am

    We absolutely adore lamb! Pinning now!

  3. #
    Samantha — May 7, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Grilled lamb! Thanks Lauren! 🙂 I’m sorry that your oven broke but I’m sort of happy you got to grill this instead. 😉

  4. #
    Christine from Cook the Story — May 7, 2014 at 10:55 am

    My mouth won’t stop watering over this lamb!

  5. #
    Lora @cakeduchess — May 7, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Perfectly grilled and I am craving a slice now for lunch! This lamb looks incredible, Brandy!

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    Karen Petersen — May 7, 2014 at 11:09 am

    I love getting lamb at restaurants but haven’t tried making it at home. Will have to do this recipe!

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    Meredith in sock monkey slippers — May 7, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Great minds think alike. Posted garlic rosemary grilled leg of lamb not too long ago. Glad you figured it out!

  8. #
    Stephanie @ Back For Seconds — May 7, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Wow! It looks just perfect! This would be great for Father’s Day!

  9. #
    Angie — May 7, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    What can I say, it’s just to beautiful for words, I am a huge lamb fan!

  10. #
    Liz — May 7, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Cooked to perfection!! My marinade is almost exactly like yours except I add mustard…so good!

  11. #
    Claire Gallam — May 7, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Simply perfect Brandy!

  12. #
    Wendy | Around My Family Table — May 7, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    I saw this on pinterest and had to tell you how mouth watering it looks! It’s cooked to perfection!!!

  13. #
    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — May 7, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    I love lamb!! My husband doesn’t, so I’m going to hae to make this on a night where he is not home! 🙂

  14. #
    Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos — May 7, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    This looks stunning! Sorry your oven gave you grief but everything happens for a reason and now you have multiple ways to prepare this delicious lamb, right 🙂

  15. #
    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — May 7, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    I always enjoy lamb but don’t often cook it. I really love the idea of putting it on the grill but I’m so sorry about your oven mishap 🙁

  16. #
    Sommer @ASpicyPerspective — May 7, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    I can almost taste this lamb from your gorgeous pictures! A must try recipe for sure!

  17. #
    Christie - Food Done Light — May 7, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    I can totally imagine how you felt. Holidays are so much work. Hopefully next year, you’ll be able to laugh at the memory. In the meantime, you made a killer lamb disease. Grilling was a great idea.

  18. #
    Beth @ The First Year — May 7, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    This is AMAZING! Can I come for dinner?!

  19. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — May 7, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    I’m really weird about lamb, but this looks so amazing! Love the marinade!

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    Crystal | Apples & Sparkle — May 8, 2014 at 4:02 am

    Oh no! An oven fire sounds scary! New appliances are always awesome though ; ) I love lamb, and especially grilled lamb, out of your predicament came a masterpiece I think! Yum!

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    Christiane ~ Taking On Magazines — May 8, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Oh no! I would cry too if my oven broke. And yes, my credit card would also weep as well. That being said, in a way I’m kinda glad you had something happen that made you grill the lamb instead of roast it. It looks absolutely amazing. I also love, love, love the way you dressed it. I don’t like lots of fancy stuff on lamb. What you did is PERFECT.

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    Rose | The Clean Dish — May 8, 2014 at 10:11 am

    We had lamb for Christmas last year (odd, I know!) and we oven baked it. I’d be SUPER interested to see how it tastes grilled! Your photos = a dream 🙂

  23. #
    Kim Beaulieu — May 9, 2014 at 12:19 am

    I love my grills, everything gets grilled from May to October. The only way to keep the house cool in the summer where we live. I need to try this. Great way to improvise. It’s cooked perfectly.

  24. #
    Bonnie — May 9, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    This sounds wonderful. I don’t have a grill so what oven temp and cooking time would you suggest?

  25. #
    Bonnie — May 10, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Have no grill. What would oven temp and time be?

    • nutmegnanny replied: — May 11th, 2014 @ 9:19 am

      Hi Bonnie! I apologize for my delayed response. I have been away with limited internet. I think you would be fine roasting at 450 for about 30 minutes and then dropping the temperature to 300 and letting it roast until the internal temperature was 125/130 degrees. This will give you a pink center. Hope this helps! I have not personally tried it this way but this is what I would do if I were putting it in the oven. Enjoy!

  26. #
    Joanne — May 10, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Well your oven is obviously a total drama queen! I mean, it could have broken without all the fire. 😛

    I’m glad that lamb didn’t go to waste!

  27. #
    Kim — May 21, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Love. Love. Love. Lamb is a family favorite. This marinade sounds delish. I like that you kept it simple so that its flavor complements the lamb. Definitely giving this a try.


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