The sun is shining (for now, at least) so we’re rallying the people of Great Britain to grab some gin-based refreshments, fire up the grill and to fall in love with these BBQ lamb recipes. Though not a traditional barbecue choice, lamb is equally good during the summer months, with cuts for all occasions! From lip-smacking lamb chops, to punch-packing lamb koftas and kebabs, check out our collection of easy, tasty and affordable lamb BBQ recipes - and marinades - and get set to up your grill game this summer. Umbrellas at the ready.
How to Barbecue Lamb: Cuts for all Occasions
There are many types of lamb cuts. Each of which can star as the centrepiece of your summer BBQ! Including the legendary leg of lamb, which is typically a great cut to whack on the barbecue. A butterflied leg, where the bone is removed, will cook more evenly and offers a larger surface area to pack in more flavour via marinades or spice rubs. To truly raise the steaks, however, simply grab some lamb leg steaks from any good butcher or supermarket and enjoy the great tastes of this tender and toothsome cut.
Other lamb cuts primed for barbecuing include the rump. This cut isn’t as cheap as the leg, but it’s lean, tender and full of flavour. Lamb chops are the most popular (albeit expensive) cut, but are incredibly moreish and will melt-in-your-mouth when grilled to perfection. To maximise on flavour, be sure to marinate the meat - the longer the better - before carefully barbecuing and serving slightly pink.
For all those other lamb cuts - shoulder, breast and neck fillet - that are slightly tougher and higher in fat, these are great for mincing up and making into all manner of barbecued delights. Burgers, koftas, kebabs, sausages, meatballs: the possibilities are endless. Simply season and shape to your liking, then grill on the BBQ for a short time until cooked through and the meat juices run clear.
Lamb Marinades, Sauces & Sides
No matter the quality of your cut and the (alleged) prowess of the chef, a marinade can make or break a BBQ. Lamb is perfectly paired with a great variety of sauces, spices and marinades. But there’s nothing lamb loves more than classic combinations with mint, rosemary, oregano or garlic. Throw some yoghurt (great for tenderising) or olive oil-based marinades into the mix and you have a winning combination for all occasions.
When it comes to the eating, serving your lamb with tzatziki is a very good idea. But there really is no end to the selection of sauces and sides that pack a palatable punch when served alongside lamb. A few of our favourites include aubergine caviar, avocado and olive salsa and sweet beetroot salad, which are included in our collection of barbecue lamb recipes featured below!
For the best results, cover and allow to marinate in this zesty, garlicy goodness for at least twenty minutes - as ever, the longer, the better! For the salad, simply put the beetroot, chilli, cranberries or sultanas, salad leaves and almonds into a large bowl, add the dressing and toss gently.
Enjoy a true taste of summer, as the essences of garlic, cumin, coriander and chilli offset with the fresh mint yoghurt and tangy tomato relish. To assemble, arrange salad leaves onto each toasted brioche roll, top with the mint yoghurt, burger, radish, cucumber and a dollop of tomato relish.
Teleport your taste buds to the Middle East, with these subtle sumac, parsley, garlic, turmeric and lemon-infused kebabs. The longer you marinate the meat, the softer and more flavoursome it will become and the better the eating will be.
Our succulent lamb skewers are so easy and tasty, you’ll wonder why you ever bothered buying the same thing in a kebab shop (even when drunk). Don’t be deterred, too, by the aubergine caviar - this is the only way you will want to eat aubergine after trying this not-as-posh-as-it-sounds delight.
Our heavenly lamb chop recipe is so quick and easy, you’ll have to stop yourself cooking it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For the ultimate essence of summer, serve alongside our fresh olive salsa, shut your eyes and pretend you’re dining al fresco overlooking the sea in Saint-Tropez.
So there you have it, folks. Our lamb-inspired guide to the ultimate summer BBQ. But these are just a few of our easy, tasty and affordable lamb barbecue recipes from around the world that have been created by people like you, for people like you to cook at home - what are you waiting for?