Grilled Lamb Chops

Grilled Lamb Chops

Author by Amanda Formaro on Updated on

Aside from its eye-catching plated presentation, these grilled lamb chops are packed full of flavor with a simple mix of garlic salt, minced garlic, thyme leaves, smoked paprika, black pepper, liquid smoke, and olive oil. 

Cook Time 8 mins

Total Time 18 mins

These grilled lamb chops are rubbed with flavorful spices then seared on the grill for 8 minutes until they are tender and juicy with a delicate crust.

Why this recipe works


Aside from its eye-catching plated presentation, these grilled lamb chops are packed full of flavor with a simple mix of garlic salt, minced garlic, thyme leaves, smoked paprika, black pepper, liquid smoke, and olive oil. 

If you’ve had doubts about lamb, grilling it may change your mind thanks to a lovely blend of spices, a touch of smokiness, and a perfectly seared outside. You won’t want to miss out on this one.

Ingredients you will need


Get all measurements, ingredients, and instructions in the printable version at the end of this post.

Ingredient Info and Substitution Suggestions


LAMB – This recipe is for lamb rib chops though you could also use lamb loin chops, which we use in our Lamb Chops recipe – if doing so, allow for a little more time on the grill as this cut is meatier than a rib chop and should be cooked to at least 130F. Make sure you remove your lamb chops from the refrigerator about 30-45 minutes before cooking. Letting your lamb reach room temperature allows the meat to relax, compared to when it’s cold, it tenses up. Lamb is a meat that cooks quickly and can dry out easily, therefore it’s best to have it at room temperature so that it evenly cooks.

How to Make Grilled Lamb Chops


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  1. Preheat grill to 375 F.
  2. To make the spice rub, mix together all ingredients in a small bowl.
  3. With gloved hands, massage the rub into the meat on both sides.
  4. Grill chops on one side for 4-5 minutes. Turn over and grill other side for 4-5 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 125F on an instant-read thermometer.
  5. Remove from grill and tent with foil on a cutting board. Allow to rest for 5-10 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions & Expert Tips


How do I know when lamb chops are done cooking?

Lamb rib chops are small and don’t take long to cook. They can be cooked rare at an internal temperature of 120F on an instant-read thermometer. For medium rare to medium, cook to 125F-130F. Feel free to continue cooking until you reach your desired doneness, but do note that the chops call for a “rest time” where the inside will continue to cook as it sits. It can be very easy to overcook lamb chops resulting in tough, chewy meat.

Serving Suggestions


Serve grilled lamb chops with grilled or roasted veggies like asparagus, green beans, potatoes, corn, or a fresh tomato and cucumber salad as pictured above. 

Don’t miss our rack of lamb recipe and lamb chops recipe for different ways to cook juicy, tender lamb.

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Grilled Lamb Chops

Aside from its eye-catching plated presentation, these grilled lamb chops are packed full of flavor with a simple mix of garlic salt, minced garlic, thyme leaves, smoked paprika, black pepper, liquid smoke, and olive oil. 

IMPORTANT – There are often Frequently Asked Questions within the blog post that you may find helpful. Simply scroll back up to read them!

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Course: Dinner

Cuisine: American

Servings: 5 servings

18 mins

Calories: 209

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 pounds lamb rib chops around 1 1/2 inches thick

Spice Rub

  • 1/2 Tablespoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 Tablespoon olive oil

Things You’ll Need

  • Grill

Instructions

  • Preheat grill to 375 F.

  • To make the spice rub, mix together all ingredients in a small bowl.

  • With gloved hands, massage the rub into the meat on both sides.

  • Grill chops on one side for 4-5 minutes. Turn over and grill other side for 4-5 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 125F.

  • Remove from grill and tent with foil on a cutting board. Allow to rest for 5-10 minutes.

Expert Tips & FAQs

  • Make sure you remove your lamb chops from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before cooking. Letting your lamb reach room temperature allows the meat to relax, compared to when it’s cold, it tenses up. Lamb is a meat that cooks quickly and can dry out easily, therefore it’s best to have it at room temperature so that it evenly cooks.
  • Lamb rib chops are small and don’t take long to cook. They can be cooked rare at an internal temperature of 120F on an instant-read thermometer. For medium rare to medium, cook to 125F-130F. Feel free to continue cooking until you reach your desired doneness, but do note that the chops call for a “rest time” where the inside will continue to cook as it sits. It can be very easy to overcook lamb chops resulting in tough, chewy meat.

Nutrition

Serving: 1chop | Calories: 209cal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 787mg | Potassium: 327mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 266IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 2mg

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