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August 3, 2023

Grilled Lamb Sandwich with Herby Pesto & Burrata


Recipe Provided By
"Rustic Joyful Food"
Prep Time

10 min

Cook Time

30 min

Total Time

40 min



open face lamb sandwich plated with a glass of beer


Grilled leg of lamb

  • 2-3 pound boneless leg of American lamb
  • 3 tablespoons of your favorite grilling seasoning (I chose a garlic and black pepper rub)


  • 1 16-ounce baguette, ripped into 4 or 6 hunks
  • 12 ounces burrata or fresh mozzarella
  • 3-4 cups baby arugula

Herby Pesto

  • 1/2 cup sweet basil
  • 1/2 bunch flat leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup fresh chives
  • 1 large fresh garlic clove
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, off the block in chunks (if grated, use 1/2 cup)
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup olive oil


To grill the lamb, preheat your grill or wood fire smoker with grill function set to 350 degrees F. Make sure the grates are fully open if your model allows. 

Season your deboned leg of lamb liberally with your choice of grill seasoning.

Try to make sure your lamb is roughly the same thickness throughout. Use a knife to butterfly any thicker sections of lamb to ensure even cooking.

Place the lamb on the hottest part of the grill and heat 2-3 minutes per side, then move to indirect heat and grill 25-30 minutes, flipping every 4-5 minutes for even cooking. Check the temp of your lamb and remove when it reaches your desired doneness.  I cooked our lamb to 135-140 degrees F, then allowed it to come to temp as it rested. USDA recommends lamb reach an internal temp of 145F with a 3-minute rest.

While the lamb rests, prepare the sandwich fixings! In a food processor, pulse all herby pesto ingredients until they become a delicious sauce. I prefer mine on the chunkier side. 

To assemble sandwiches, slice the bread, then slice the lamb against the grain. Rotate the lamb as necessary to follow muscle fiber direction. 

Spread the pesto on the bread and layer the burrata with the sliced lamb. Top with arugula. Enjoy! 

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

sliced grilled lamb
close up grilled lamb sandwich
thermometer timer illustration
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