These grilled lamb chops are coated in a savory garlic and herb marinade, then cooked to tender perfection. A quick and easy dinner option that’s both easy and elegant, and always gets rave reviews!

When I’m looking for something a little unique to serve on a summer night, I turn to grilled lobster tails, grilled sweet potatoes and these juicy and flavorful grilled lamb chops.

Grilled lamb chops on a plate garnished with parsley and lemon.

In my opinion, lamb is an underutilized type of protein. It’s easy to prepare and is full of flavor. These grilled lamb chops are one of the best ways to enjoy this cut of meat, and they take just minutes to put together. If you’re never tried to grill lamb chops before, you’re missing out!

Grilled Lamb Chops Ingredients

Bowls of ingredients including olive oil, garlic, herbs and spices.

This recipe calls for lamb chops, as well as marinade ingredients that include olive oil, soy sauce, brown sugar, plenty of fresh herbs, garlic, mustard, salt and black pepper.

How Do You Make Grilled Lamb Chops?

Start by preparing a marinade of olive oil, lemon zest, fresh herbs, garlic and seasonings. Place the lamb chops in a bowl or resealable plastic bag with the marinade, and let the chops sit for at least one hour, or up to 24 hours. Preheat an outdoor grill or indoor grill pan. Sear the lamb for a few minutes on each side until golden brown and caramelized. Let the cooked lamb rest for a few minutes, then serve and enjoy.

Step by step shots showing how to marinate lamb chops.

Tips For The Perfect Chops

  • I recommend bone-in lamb chops for the best flavor. Your cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of your chops.
  • The marinade can be prepared up to 3 days in advance. Store the marinade in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it. The olive oil may solidify in the refrigerator. If this happens, simply place the marinade at room temperature for about 20 minutes and the oil will liquify again.
  • Grilled lamb chops stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. I recommend reheating the chops in 30 second increments in the microwave until just warmed through. This will help to keep your lamb from overcooking.
  • Serve your chops with side dishes such as Hasselback potatoes and sauteed kale for a complete meal. Another great option is to add a light and fresh salad such as classic cucumber salad.

Quick Tip

There are multiple cuts of lamb chops including lamb rib chops, lamb loin chops and shoulder chops. They will all work well in this recipe, you may need to adjust the cooking time if your chops are on the larger side.

Lamb chops in marinade on a grill pan.

Recipe FAQs

How long do lamb chops take to grill?

A standard 1/2 to 3/4 inch lamb chop will cook for 4 to 5 minutes per side over medium high heat. Some varieties of lamb chops are thicker. In that case, if you have a lamb chop that’s 1 to 1 1/2 inches, you’ll want to cook it for 6 to 7 minutes per side.

How do you know when lamb chops are done on the grill?

It’s important to use a thermometer when cooking lamb chops to ensure that they are cooked to your desired level of doneness. I’ve included a temperature chart below so that you know exactly when to take your lamb off the grill.

How do you cook lamb chops so that they are tender?

There are two components to tender lamb chops. The first is a marinade, which helps to tenderize the meat. The second is to make sure that your lamb is not overcooked, as it can become tough and chewy if it’s cooked for too long.

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Lamb Temperature

Grilled lamb is the most juicy and tender when served at medium-rare or medium temperatures. You can cook your lamb chops to your desired level of doneness by adhering to the following internal temperature guidelines. Be sure to take your lamb off the grill when it’s 5 degrees below your level of doneness, as the lamb will continue to cook as it rests. Use a probe meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat for the most accurate results.

  • Rare: 115-120 degrees F
  • Medium-Rare: 120-125 degrees F
  • Medium: 130-135 degrees F
  • Medium-Well: 140-145 degrees F
  • Well Done: 150-155 degrees F
Grilled lamb chops served with mashed potatoes and asparagus.

Grilled Lamb Chops Flavor Variations

While these lamb chops are delicious as-is, you can change up the flavor profile by adding different ingredients to the marinade.

  • Spicy: Add crushed red pepper flakes or hot sauce to the marinade to taste.
  • Asian: Use a blend of olive oil, sesame oil, fresh lime juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, minced ginger and garlic. Omit the parsley, thyme, rosemary, lemon zest and Dijon mustard.
  • Herb Lover’s: Double the amount of herbs, and add more varieties to the mix such as green onions, basil and dill.

This is my absolute favorite way to prepare lamb chops – the meat comes out tender, smoky and full of flavor!

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Grilled Lamb Chops

AuthorSara Welch
Grilled lamb chops on a plate garnished with parsley and lemon.
These grilled lamb chops are coated in a savory garlic and herb marinade, then cooked to tender perfection. A quick and easy dinner option that's both easy and elegant, and always gets rave reviews!
Time
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Marinating Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 25 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine American
Serves 6

Ingredients 

  • 2 1/2 pounds lamb chops bone in
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • fresh herbs and lemon wedges for garnish optional

Instructions 

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, soy sauce, lemon zest, parsley, thyme, rosemary, salt, pepper and garlic.
  • Place the lamb chops in the bowl and spoon the marinade over the top. Marinate for at least 1 hour, or up to 24 hours.
  • Preheat an outdoor grill or indoor grill pan to medium high. Place the chops on the grill and cook for 4-5 minutes per side or until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat registers 135 for medium.
  • Let the meat rest for 5 minutes, then serve. Garnish with lemon and herbs if desired.

Notes

  1. You can make this dish with any type of lamb chops. I recommend bone-in for the best flavor. 
  2. The marinade can be prepared up to 3 days in advance. Store the marinade in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it. The olive oil may solidify in the refrigerator. If this happens, simply place the marinade at room temperature for about 20 minutes and the oil will liquify again.
  3. Grilled lamb chops stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. I recommend reheating the chops in 30 second increments in the microwave until just warmed through, as this will keep your lamb from overcooking.

Nutrition

Calories: 313kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 757mg | Potassium: 582mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 2.7mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1.8mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I made these lamb chops over the weekend and oh my goodness were they delicious! So much flavor and perfectly juicy!