Grilled Lamb Kebabs With Mint Yogurt Sauce

Tender and juicy Grilled Lamb Kebabs With Mint Yogurt Sauce makes for a delicious casual summer meal. The lamb kebabs are marinated with fresh herbs, garlic, lemon and olive oil then grilled. The accompanying cool minty yogurt sauce is the perfect complement to the succulent lamb and slightly charred grilled vegetables.

Grilled Lamb Kebabs With Mint Yogurt Sauce

This quick and easy Mediterranean inspired dinner is perfect for a warm summer evening so invite a couple of friends over for a casual outdoor dinner party on your deck or patio. Serve your guests a chilled glass of crisp rosé or white wine along with some toasted pita chips and a platter of feta cheese, grape leaves, Baba Ganoush or hummus and some Marinated Olives or roasted peppers. Everything can all be purchased from your local market if you don’t want to prepare them yourself.

Mediterranean Appetizer Platter

Serve the lamb kebabs with a couscous stuffed tomato which can be prepared ahead of time and you have an effortless meal. Finish the dinner with some fresh sliced fruit or perhaps a simple Almond Cake With A Brown Butter Glaze.

Lamb Kebabs With Mint Yogurt Sauce

Serves 2, adjust the recipe accordingly

  • 4 metal skewers (if using wood, soak in water for 30 minutes)
  • 3/4 – 1 lb. leg of lamb trimmed of fat and cut into 1 – 1 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 red onion, pieces cut the same size as the lamb
  • 1 red bell pepper, pieces cut the same size as the lamb
  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • 2 – 3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 – 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh mint, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Prepare the marinade by combining the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, mint and thyme together in a small bowl. Place the lamb in a plastic zip bag and pour the marinade over it, massage the bag to make sure the lamb is well coated with the marinade. Close the bag, place on a plate and refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours or overnight. Remove the lamb and let it come to room temperature for about 30 minutes before you are ready to start cooking the meal. Drain the lamb and discard the marinade.

Preheat the grill to high. Thread the lamb, red onions, and red peppers on metal skewers, alternating the lamb and vegetables, don’t pack too tightly for proper cooking. Season the meat generously with salt and pepper. Note: I like to use two skewers for each kebab so that the meat and vegetables stay in place when turning.

Place the kebabs on the grill and cook, turning halfway, approximately 3 – 4 minutes a side  for medium rare or 5 minutes a side for medium. Exact timing will vary, depending on the thickness of the meat and the temperature of your grill but try not to overcook so that the lamb kebabs remain tender. Remove  the kebabs from the grill and let rest for about 5 minutes before serving.

Serve the lamb kebabs with mint yogurt sauce passed at the table. (Recipe below)

Mint Yogurt Sauce

  • 1 c. plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced finely
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. finely chopped fresh mint
  • salt and pepper to taste

Warm the olive oil and minced garlic (I do this to mellow the flavor of the garlic but it is not necessary) then let cool. Mix all the ingredients together and refrigerate for about 30 minutes for the flavors meld. Taste and adjust the seasonings, if necessary.


I do hope you will try the Grilled Lamb Kebabs with Mint Yogurt Sauce. The delicious marinade makes the lamb tender, juicy and very flavorful. Once marinated, the kebabs are quickly put together and grilled. I believe that the lamb kebabs are perfect for casual and easy summer entertaining with your friends. Your guests will leave your home talking about the enjoyable evening and the delicious meal that you shared with them.

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147 thoughts on “Grilled Lamb Kebabs With Mint Yogurt Sauce

  1. As you saw from my post a couple of weeks ago, this type of meal is our favorite for summer entertaining. Simple, full of flavor, and casual – yet elegant. With all the fresh herbs in our garden, this is a definite for us in the next week!

  2. Hello Summer! This is such a perfect recipe for grilling this week. And a switch up from my usual lamb kabob recipe. Thanks for sharing this one Karen.

  3. Perfect timing! We recently enjoyed a Mediterranean meal with friends and loved the variety and flavors. I made it my mission to make the meal at home and you have the complete menu! Looking forward to trying your baba ganouche too!

  4. Love lamb, and it’s SO good on the grill. And it pairs well with mint. I’m not a fan of mint jelly and lamb, but mint yogurt? Yes, please. Really nice– thanks.

  5. That sounds so delicious and simple to make! We have recently bought a mobile BBQ for our motorhome and this recipe would be just perfect. Thanks for sharing, Karen. 👍❤

  6. I have to show my husband your great looking kebabs since he does all the grilling in our house but I will make your yogurt sauce . Everything looks so good.

  7. I love lamb but have always been a little apprehensive grilling it… that being said, I really love the ingredients you used in your marinade. Have pinned to try. Love all of your suggestions for the perfect Mediterranean supper ♥ Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Thank Bonnie, Instead of heating up the kitchen during summer, grilling is the perfect alternative. I’m sure your Baker is a great Griller as well. 🙂

  8. Karen, I just love Lamb and think it is one of the best grilling meats. Your fun dinner with all the sides is perfect for a hot summer like we are having…healthy and easy. Thanks much.

  9. You bring a huge smile to my face as this, almost identically, appears on my dinner menus at least once a fortnight . . .one of the few European meals I do thus cook 🙂 ! Have oft served couscous as a side but not had the nouse to stuff a colourful tomato . . . thank you: guess what . . . ? And why is this a summer meal: we have it here all year around . . .

    1. I’m glad you like the idea of stuffing a tomato with couscous Eva. As long as you live in a area of the world that doesn’t have freezing weather like we both do, grilling is indeed good anytime of the year. 🙂

    1. Hi Susan, Isn’t it grand when we can use herbs straight from our gardens in such a delicious way. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  10. Will certainly try this out, I have not made kebabs for ages and we love them. Hope all is well Diane

  11. Hi Karen – we’re such lamb lovers in our house. What a fantastic recipe and menu! We’ve been grilling lots of steak and veggie kabobs this summer, but not lamb yet. And it looks so easy too. The whole menu really makes for simple but elegant entertaining, and the accompanying Mediterranean appetizer platter is perfect. Thanks for another inspiring post! xo

    1. I appreciate your lovely compliment Allie, I’m glad you like the lamb kebabs and the appetizer platter. They did make for an easy way to entertain.

  12. It looks like a gorgeous summer meal, indeed! And makes one think of the Greek sun too… Your plate of dips and snacks is such a great idea too. The only thing that one needs is a good bottle of wine!

    1. So very true Sissi, this does remind you of a Greek meal. We thought it was a nice way to enjoy a summer evening. Thank you for your nice compliment. 🙂

  13. This is my kind of meal – the perfect summer combination. Love lamb & mint yogurt sauce! Have a wonderful weekend ahead!

    Miriam xx

    1. I appreciate your compliment Jeff, I hope you give the lamb kebabs a try over the summer. They make a nice change from the usual beef or chicken kebabs.

  14. You have the whole meal for us here Karen!! This would be wonderful to spread out on the backyard table with friends. I think your travels are inspiring your cooking! thanks thanks. xox

    1. I appreciate your lovely compliment Rhonda. I’m very happy to know that you like the recipe and menu suggestions…thank you!

  15. Your kebabs sound amazing!! I love the marinade and it’s a perfect switch from our usual summer grilling recipes. Hope you had a fabulous birthday! xo

    1. Thank you for your nice compliment Liz, we thought the lamb kebabs turned out great. I appreciate your wish, I did have a lovely birthday. 🙂

    1. Hi Sheryl, I think lamb is overlooked a lot of times when planning a meal. Hope you make some kebabs soon and enjoy them as much as we did.

  16. Hi, Karen. I thought you might like to know that we’ve just grilled some lamb cutlets following your recipe and they were absolutely delicious. It’s been a very hot day (38C), so they were just perfect. Thanks you so much for sharing. 👍❤😙

    1. Thank you Fatima, I do appreciate your letting me know that you adapted the recipe to what was available and enjoyed it. 😀

  17. Why do your recipes always look so much better than mine? lol
    I love lamb, but it’s not hubby’s fav so I don’t usually make it. But I almost never pass it up in a restaurant if it is on the menu.

    This recipe is perfect for summer entertaining!

    1. Doreen, I’m sure what your prepare looks great too. 😀 This would be a recipe where you could make one kebab with lamb and your hubby’s with another meat. Thank you for your kind words, they are much appreciated.

  18. I have to admit, I have not been a fan of lamb until recently; I’ve always found it smell and taste to be gamey. Recently, I was introduced to Ontario lamb and fell head over heels in love. I have been converted!!! This recipe sounds wonderful, particularly the mint yogurt sauce.

    1. Hi Eva, One trick with lamb is to trim off as much of the fat as possible. If it has a strong taste that is usually the problem. Thank you for your compliment, I’m glad you like the recipe.

  19. I wish I had your confidence with cooking, Karen. This all looks so delicious. Not difficult, I know, but I tend to forget about things like marinades until it’s too late. 😦 😦

    1. Jo, I don’t think you could go wrong with this meal. While the meat is great when you have lots of time to let it marinate, even 30 minutes while you let the meat come to room temperature will impart nice flavors although longer is always better. 😀

  20. Wow, I must call a senior moment! I read your lovely post when is arrived and was sure I commented. At any rate we mustn’t look back…A lovely meal and one I would so enjoy.

    1. Give no thought to it Ron, I’ve done the same thing many times. I’m happy that you enjoyed the post and hope you will enjoy the meal if you give it a try.

    1. Hi Betsy, It is nice to hear from you, happy that you are back to blogging. You are right, lots of Greek flavors to this dish. Thank you for your nice compliment and hope to see you around.

    1. Thank you for your nice compliment Amira. For your family, you would probably want to substitute chicken for the lamb as I know it is not a family favorite. 🙂

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