grill roasted leg of lamb

Grill roasted leg of lamb is a great way to bring summer flavours to a wintery cut of meat. The Greeks know this. They have since about the beginning of time.

Whole lamb on a spit over a fire is a Greek party classic. This is just as good – just on a smaller scale. Smoke kissed lamb seasoned simply with garlic and rosemary with a lemon jus. Hard to beat. Grill roasted lamb. 

There are a few things to consider here. Bone-in leg of lamb is impossible to cook evenly. Just look at a leg of lamb critically some time.

It’s huge at one end and tiny at the other. Makes cooking a turkey seem like a cakewalk. Use boneless leg of lamb and it’s way easier to get evenly cooked grill roasted lamb. 

Dry brine for the best grill roasted lamb

Grill roasted leg of lamb is a timeless way to serve lamb.

Dry-brining works wonders with lamb. Seriously. Absolute magic. Plan on allowing 36-48 hours to season the meat through and through. It makes a difference.

As with any big hunk of meat, a lower cooking temperature helps a more even cooking process. Rotate it along the way to offset any hot spots on the grill.

Finally, this is about lamb and smoke. Charcoal smoke. I have no idea if this will work on a gas grill. I cook using charcoal. It might work if you add wood chips. I don’t know.

I kind of doubt it though. Unless you can find a way to get gentle smoke for an hour or so. You know your grill better than I do…

This is not a recipe that will make lamb haters into lamb lovers. But for those on the fence, grill roasted leg of lamb is a recipe to win them over.


Grill roasted leg of lamb is a timeless way to serve lamb.

Grill roasted leg of lamb is a timeless way to serve lamb.
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grill roasted leg of lamb

Grill roasted leg of lamb is a fantastic summer dinner to share with good friends.
Course Main
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword grilled lamb, roast lamb
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 6
Calories 307kcal
Author romain | glebekitchen


  • 1 leg of lamb - boneless. Try boning one out yourself sometime. It's a fun learning experience.
  • 1 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 cloves garlic thinly sliced
  • 5 sprigs fresh rosemary in all
  • coarse ground pepper
  • juice of 1/2 lemon


Dry brine the lamb

  • Sprinkle the lamb with the salt. Wrap it in a plastic bag and put it on a cookie sheet. Stick it in the fridge for 36 hours, turning it over every 8-12 hours. Just let the magic happen.

Grill roast the lamb

  • Set up your grill for indirect heat. You want to target 325F and stay there if you can. If there was ever a recipe that favours a kamodo, this is it. If you are using a different style grill, plan to add charcoal along the way.
  • Remove the leaves from 2 sprigs of rosemary. Tuck them into the flap where the bone was along with the garlic slices.
  • Season the lamb generously with coarse ground pepper. You don''t need any more salt.
  • Place the lamb in a roasting pan and roast it until it reaches an internal temperature of 130F, about 70-90 minutes. Spin the roasting pan every 20-30 minutes to manage any hot spots on your grill.
  • Remove the lamb from the pan and let rest, covered, for about 20 minutes.
  • Strain the pan juices and spoon off any obvious fat. Return the juices to the pan along with the lemon juice. Bring to a simmer.
  • Carve the lamb across the grain. Pour any accumulated board juices back into the pan with the lemon sauce.
  • Serve the lamb with a drizzle of sauce.


Serving: 6servings | Calories: 307kcal | Protein: 49g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 152mg | Sodium: 1310mg | Potassium: 687mg | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 4.4mg


2 thoughts on “grill roasted leg of lamb”

  1. 5 stars
    I have been roasting lamb leg for years but had never done the dry brine before with salt. It took it to another level. Though I must admit I left the bone in which worked out okay as my husband enjoys the dryer bits at the end. Thanks for this recipe

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