Celebrate Spring holidays with these festive American lamb recipes!
Learn More
July 10, 2018

Greek American Lamb Tacos


Recipe Provided By
"Shared Appetite"
Prep Time

20 min

Cook Time

10 min

Total Time

30 min


8 tacos

4 greek lamb tacos scattered


  • 8 mini naan, heated
  • American Lamb Kefta, recipe below
  • Israeli Salad, recipe below
  • Tzatziki, recipe below
  • Chopped parsley or mint, for garnish

Lamb Kefta

  • 1-1/2 pounds ground American Lamb
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 medium red onion, grated or minced
  • 1/2 lemon, zested with microplane zester
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh mint
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
  • Kosher salt

Israeli Salad

  • 2 plum tomatoes, peeled, seeds removed, finely diced
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeds removed, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt


  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Kosher salt


For the Lamb Kefta: In a medium mixing bowl, combine ground lamb, garlic, onion, lemon zest, mint, coriander, cumin, oregano and cayenne pepper; season generously with salt. Form mixture into 16 mini logs. 

Heat grill or large skillet over medium-high heat. If using skillet, add 1 tablespoon of canola or vegetable oil. Cook lamb Kefta until just cooked through, flipping once halfway through cooking. 

For the Israeli Salad: In a small mixing bowl, combine tomatoes, cucumber, parsley, oil and lemon juice; season with salt. 

For the Tzatziki: Using the smaller side of a box grater, grate cucumber; soak up excess cucumber moisture with paper towels. In a small mixing bowl, combine yogurt, 3 tablespoons grated cucumber, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, garlic, mint and oregano; season with salt. Taste and adjust seasonings (add more lemon juice, etc.) as desired. 

Place 2 Lamb Kefta on each mini naan. Top with Israeli Salad and Tzatziki; garnish with parsley or mint.

USDA recommends the following time and temperature parameters

Ground Lamb

Internal temperature of 160°F

All Other Cuts

Internal temperature of 145°F, with a 3 minute rest

thermometer timer illustration
Visit our Lamb Cooking Time & Temperature page for recipe inspiration and tips on preparing the perfect lamb.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *