Grilled Rack of Lamb

August 20, 2008

Tender rack of lamb on the grill makes a wonderful Sunday dinner main dish. In this recipe we grill up New Zealand rack of lamb with a rosemary and mustard coating.


2 racks of New Zealand lamb (8 bones each)

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

2 teaspoons  chopped fresh rosemary


1Prepare mustard and rosemary mixture: Mix Dijon mustard, olive oil, lemon juice and rosemary in a dish.

2Remove lamb from the refrigerator.  Trim off any excess fat.  Sprinkle salt and pepper over the racks of lamb.  Cover the lamb with mustard mixture and let lamb come to room temperature, about 20 to 30 minutes.  Reserve a small amount of the mustard mixture for basting while on the grill.

Rack of lamb

1Preheat the grill to medium heat.  Clean and oil the grill.

2Place the rack of lamb on grill meat side up, with ribs away from direct heat.  Do not place the lamb directly over the heat, in this instance we are actually roasting the lamb on the grill.

Lamb on the grill

1Cook for 14-20 minutes turning and basting occasionally with the mustard mixture.

2Remove the lamb from the grill when internal temperature is 135-140 for medium rare.

3Cover loosely with foil for 5 minutes before serving.

Pick out a great red wine, such as a Shiraz or a Cabernet to go with this exquisite meal.

If you enjoy lamb, try this recipe for leg of lamb on the rotisserie or get your burger on with our lamb sliders.


15 Reviews


July 5, 2019

This was sooooi good! Made for my parents on 4th of July. Everyone was very impressed. Thank you!!


June 28, 2019

So simple and so delicious! This will be a guaranteed repeat in my house.

David Christopher

February 23, 2019

Thankyou very much for this recipe!!!
Followed the directions and will not change a thing next time.
Very easy and Very good!!!

Charlene Grande

February 26, 2018

Great cooked just right. Used the recipe for Greek lamb


December 10, 2017

This recipe was fantastic. So simple yet flavorful.


November 23, 2017

OMG! What the what, what, what! This recipe was fantastic. Thanksgiving 2017 #success
Thank you for this one wish I could post a pic.


November 17, 2017

Trying it right NoW

Adrienne Harden

May 15, 2017

Very good marinade recipe. My lamb chops were delicious


May 14, 2017

I’ve used this recepie 5 times in the last 2 months. Wife and son loves it, I’m now known as the designated lamb bbq’er. Great recepie good to the last bone!


May 14, 2017

5th time ive used this recepie in 2 months , wife and son loves it. Now I’m the specialty cook for this or so I was told. Taste great!


April 17, 2017

Very simple yet tastes like you got it in a fancy restaurant. I will make this again!


April 16, 2017

I substituted porcini mushroom sauce for the mustard and brushed it on towards the end of grilling. The lamb was perfectly cooked!


April 16, 2017

I substituted Porcini mushroom sauce for the mustard – and brushed it on towards the end of the cooking time. The lamb was cooked perfectly!


July 19, 2016

Great recipe and very simple to prepare.


January 14, 2016

This is one of my favorites from this site. Great for Easter.

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