Grilled Lamb Chops with Garlic and Herbs
Grilled Lamb Chops with Garlic and Herbs are perfect for a special occasion and I use an amazing lamb marinade that really adds flavor. If lamb chops aren’t in the budget, see ideas in this post for less expensive ideas for lamb on the grill.
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Lamb may be a bit expensive, but for these amazing Grilled Lamb Chops with Garlic and Herbs I splurged on a package of lamb chops at Costco, and everyone loved this for a special dinner. I mixed up a tasty lamb marinade with garlic and herbs and marinated the lamb chops for a few hours, and then quickly grilled them for a truly memorable meal!
And personally I’m crazy about lamb, and lamb chops are something I often order as a splurge when I’m eating in a nice restaurant. And I also love cooking lamb at home when you just need a treat!
What ingredients do you need?
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- lamb loin chops
- sea salt to taste
- Red Wine Vinegar (affiliate link)
- chopped fresh rosemary
- chopped fresh thyme
- Minced Garlic (affiliate link)
- Olive Oil (affiliate link)
- fresh ground black pepper to taste
What if you don’t have fresh rosemary and fresh thyme for the lamb chop marinade?
This recipe is amazing with chopped fresh herbs in the lamb marinade, but if that’s not an option just use ground rosemary (affiliate link) and ground thyme (affiliate link).
Can you make grilled lamb chops without an outdoor grill?
If you don’t have an outdoor grill, these marinated lamb chops can be cooked on a stove-top grill pan with ridges or a George Foreman Grill with good results. (affiliate links)
Want less expensive ideas for Grilled Lamb?
If you like the sound of marinated lamb cooked on the grill but don’t want to splurge on lamb chops, I also love Low-Carb Lamb Shish Kabobs and I’m also a huge fan of Greek Lamb Souvlaki if you want a less expensive option for grilled lamb. Both of those use a lamb marinade that’s a bit more complex than the one in this recipe, but you could definitely use the lamb chop marinade in one of the other recipes if you prefer. And both the recipes for lamb kabobs are amazing served with Tzatziki Sauce.
Want more low-carb recipes for meat cooked on the grill?
You might like to check out the recipes for Amazing Low-Carb and Keto Beef Steak on the Grill or Keto Beef, Pork, and Lamb on the Grill if you’re a fan of meat cooked on the grill!
How to Make Grilled Lamb Chops with Garlic and Herbs:
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- The first photo is the package of lamb chops I got at Costco and they were a pretty good buy for a special meal.
- Whisk together vinegar, rosemary, thyme, garlic, olive oil, and pepper to make the marinade.
- I trimmed just a little fat on each lamb chop.
- Put lamb chops into a Ziploc bag with the marinade and marinate in the fridge for a few hours (or all day while you’re at work.)
- When it’s time to cook, drain the lamb chops into a colander and let lamb come to room temperature while you heat the grill.
- Put lamb chops on grill, placing them diagonally across the grill grates, and cook until you see nice grill marks, about 4 minutes.
- Rotate each lamb chop to go the other way on the grill grates and cook about 4 minutes longer (or until you have nice criss-cross grill marks.)
- Turn lamb chops over and cook to your desired doneness, about 2 minutes more for medium rare.
- If you want to use an Instant-Read Meat Thermometer (affiliate link) to check the lamb, most sources recommend 145F/60C for medium rare, or here’s a good chart with lamb cooking temperatures from The Kitchn.
- Let lamb chops rest for a few minutes when you take them off the grill, then season with sea salt and serve hot.
Make it a Low-Carb Meal:
The Grilled Lamb Chops are shown with Cucumber and Radish Salad with Feta Dressing in the photo, and that was a great side dish. This would also taste great with Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan, Pureed Cauliflower with Garlic, Parmesan, and Goat Cheese, or my favorite perfect Spring Mix Salad for a low-carb meal.
More Delicious Recipes Using Rosemary:
- Roasted Butternut Squash with Rosemary, Pecans, and Gorgonzola
- Rosemary Mustard Grilled Chicken
- Roasted Butternut Squash with Rosemary and Balsamic Vinegar
Grilled Lamb Chops with Garlic and Herbs
Lamb can be expensive, but Grilled Lamb Chops with Garlic and Herbs are the perfect grilling recipe for a special occasion! And everyone who loves lamb chops will love this recipe that uses a tasty lamb marinade to make lamb chops even more flavorful!
- 8 lamb loin chops, about 1 inch thick (you can use thinner ones, but adjust the cooking time)
- sea salt to taste to season cooked lamb chops
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 2 T chopped fresh rosemary
- 1 T chopped fresh thyme
- 1 tsp. garlic puree or minced fresh garlic
- 2 T olive oil
- fresh ground black pepper to taste
- I trimmed some of the outside fat from lamb chops; keep more fat on if you prefer.
- Combine red wine vinegar, chopped fresh rosemary, chopped fresh thyme, minced garlic, olive oil, and black pepper to make the marinade.
- Place lamb chops inside Ziploc bag, pour marinade in, and marinate lamb for 1-4 hours in the fridge. (Or marinating all day while you're at work is also fine.)
- When it's time to cook, drain lamb chops into a colander placed in the sink and let them come to room temperature while you preheat the grill.
- Preheat gas or charcoal barbecue grill to medium-high heat. (You can only hold your hand there for 2-3 seconds at that heat.)
- Put lamb chops on the grill, placing them diagonally across the grill grates, and cook until you see nice grill marks, about 4 minutes.
- Rotate each lamb chop to go the opposite way on the grill grates and cook about 4 minutes longer (or until you have nice criss-cross grill marks.)
- Turn lamb chops over and cook to your desired doneness, about 2 minutes more for medium rare. (If you want to use an Instant-Read Meat Thermometer (affiliate link) to check the lamb, most sources recommend 145F/60C for medium rare, or here's a good chart with lamb cooking temperatures from The Kitchn.)
- Let the lamb rest for a couple of minutes when you take it off the grill. Then season with sea salt to taste and serve hot.
- If you don’t have an outdoor grill, these lamb chops can be cooked on a stove-top grill pan with ridges or a George Foreman Grill with good results. (affiliate links)
The marinade used here was adapted from this recipe.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 460Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 119mgSodium: 248mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 36g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Marinated lamb chops cooked on the grill are a perfect choice for low-carb, Keto, or low-glycemic diets. If you’re following the original South Beach Diet, lamb is a bit high in fat but I would eat this for a treat ii you trim the lamb chops well to remove most of the fat.
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Historical Notes for this Recipe
This recipe for Grilled Lamb Chops with Garlic and Herbs was first posted in 2007, probably with a photo that was pretty dismal in those days. The photos were improved in 2018 and the recipe was last updated with more information in 2023.
38 Comments on “Grilled Lamb Chops with Garlic and Herbs”
I love lamb, but do not make enough at home…you’ve just inspired me…now I know what I’m making this weekend!!
thanks for the information and the great ideas about rosemary – I have just put my rosemary entry into weekend herb blogging so it is on my mind and it is great to learn more about it and possible uses!
When marinated, lamb is tasty for all and I presume this is locally raised lamb?
Oops, Diane didn’t mean to skip you. Do let me know if you try it.
Sarina, rosemary is very easy to grow. I bet where you are it would grow to be a large shrub. Here it dies down in the winter, and sometimes doesn’t even make it through the winter if it’s extra cold, but this year my rosemary did come back, so I was excited.
Meeta, so glad to hear he has been converted! Isn’t lamb just wonderful. It’s very expensive here, but I decided I will splurge on it once in a while, and at Costco it’s more reasonable.
Jess, have not heard of using that type of ribs for smoking, but I will check it out. Sounds interesting.
Nicole, I think a lot of people confuse lamb with mutton, but lamb is wonderful! It’s my very favorite red meat.
Cath, thanks. I try to update 6 times a week, unless I am traveling like recently.
I just wanted to pop in and thank you for your wonderful blog, recipes and writing. I’m a keen cook and not doing the south beach diet, but still find that your recipes excite me to buy ingredients and try something new. My only complaint is that there aren’t more updates to satisfy my need to read.
This looks gorgeous! I’ll have to try it!
This lamb sounds really great! I’ve only recently started eating lamb…I never liked it much before. But I’ve tried some Indian lamb recipes that have been amazing and I’m now a convert! And I love rosemary and thyme so I’m sure this is wonderful!
have you used black tea lapsang souchung to smoke some ribs?
this is the tea i meant http://www.teacuppa.com/Smoked-Lapsang-Souchong-Tea.asp
my freind tried it and said it was a hit.
Tom always told me he never liked lamb, so I believed him and for almost 8 years I never made it. Then we were at friends and we all got into the kitchen and cooked some lovely lamb filets. I was not too sure how Tom would react, but was surprised that he actually loved it!!! Can you believe that?
Now we do have lamb quite often and this recipe with all it’s wonderful flavors really fits into our taste buds! Thanks Kalyn!
is it really easy to grow? we’ve been meaning to get a rosemary plant but weren’t sure 😀 that lamb looks awesome, i haven’t had lamb in ages! 😀
Maria, the white bean dip with rosemary sounds great.
Kelly, thanks. It was good.
emwk, remember Simon and Gargunkel?
Lydia, your idea sounds great too.
Amy, thanks, and yes, I love rosemary with lamb.
Sher, I agree.
Pille, your rosemary and lemon sound good with lamb too.
Katie, don’t think I’ve had lamb with mustard, but it sounds good.
Lovely lamb chops!
I grilled some last weekend, too. I actually found a butcher that would cut them an inch (rather then 1/4″) thick.
I did mine with mustard and, of course, rosemary. I’m going to try your marinade with the red wine next time, it sounds lighter, more summery…thanks!
After making – and really enjoying – rosemary & lemon lamb last weekend, this lamb chop dish sounds like the next logical step!! Thanks for the recipe, Kalyn!
I can’t imagine better with rosemary than that lamb! They are perfect together (in my opinion, that is). And it certainly does grow easily!
Rosemary pairs so well with lamb. This recipe looks great!
I love lamb, too, but rarely cook with it at home. Don’t know why… when I do, I like to buy a boneless leg of lamb, marinate it in yogurt, lemon and rosemary, and grill it. Thanks for this lovely recipe.
YUM! Lamb with rosemary and thyme sounds like it should be a song…:)
The lamb looks fabulous.
I love Rosemary as well! I have this great white bean dip with rosemary…I will have to make it soon! Thanks for the reminder!