Grilled Leg of Lamb with Herb Butter (Recipe)

grilled leg of lamb recipe

Just in time for Spring, this traditional cut of meat is more than enough to feed a crowd.

It’s marinated overnight in a garlic and herb paste, and butterflied to give you a boneless cut of lamb that will satisfy all meat lovers.

leg of lamb seared on grill

My big tip would be to take not of which of your guests prefer rare, and who prefers ell done. If the answer is more or less the same then you can cook it all in one go. If you have different preferences then I recommend cutting the lamb up into different chunks, and cooking each of them differently in line with who wants what.

If you want something that’s a little tougher or leaner then try swapping the lamb for goat.

Goat contains less fat content than lamb, which makes it tougher and chewier.

spiced leg of lamb on chopping board
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Spiced Leg of Lamb with Herb Butter

Course Main Course
Cuisine BBQ
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Marinating time 4 hours
Total Time 5 hours

Ingredients

Leg of Lamb

  • 1 boneless leg of lamb butterflied and trimmed of excess fat

Herb Butter

  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 2 large garlic cloves minced
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper freshly ground

Marinade

  • cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup fresh Italian parsley leaves finely chopped
  • cup lemon juice
  • tbsp kosher salt
  • tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 4 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • tbsp ground cumin
  • tbsp ground ginger
  • tbsp ground turmeric

Instructions

  • Combine the butter ingredients. Set aside.
  • Whisk the marinade ingredients. Reserve and set aside one-half of the marinade to use for basting the lamb on the grill. Pour the remaining marinade into a large, resealable plastic bag.
  • Place the lamb inside the bag, press the air out, and seal tightly. Turn the bag to distribute the marinade, place in a bowl, and refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours, turning occasionally.
  • Remove the lamb from the bag and discard the marinade. Allow the lamb to stand at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes before grilling.
  • Prepare the grill for direct and indirect cooking over medium heat (350° to 450°F).
  • Grill the lamb, fat side down, over direct medium heat, with the lid closed, until nicely marked, 10 to 12 minutes.
  • Turn the lamb over and grill for 5 minutes more, basting the lamb with the reserved marinade.
  • Then move the lamb over indirect medium heat and grill, fat side up, with the lid closed, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the lamb registers 125° to 130°F for medium rare, 20 to 30 minutes more, basting occasionally with the reserved marinade. Remove from the grill and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Cut the lamb across the grain into thin slices. Melt the herb butter, and then drizzle it over the lamb. Serve right away.

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