Mediterranean American Lamb Bowl

Prep Time

20 min

Cook Time

30 min

Total Time

50 min


6 bowls

Mediterranean American Lamb Bowls with cutlery


Spiced Rice

  • 1-1/2 cups long grain rice (Jasmine preferred)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup vermicelli noodles
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon allspice 


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 pound ground American Lamb
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Salt, to taste 

Yogurt Mint Sauce

  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons dried, crushed mint
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 

Assorted Veggies + Toppings

  • Tomatoes
  • Feta
  • Cucumbers
  • Olives
  • Beans
  • Fresh mint
  • Fresh parsley


For the Spiced Rice: In a bowl, add rice; fill with water. Swirl rice around; rinse and drain. Continue until water runs clear. (This releases starches and creates fluffier rice.) 

In a pan over medium heat, melt butter. Add noodles; stir until noodles are golden brown. Once golden brown, add water; bring to a bowl. Add rinsed rice; cover, reduce heat to low and cook 20 minutes or until all water is absorbed. Season with salt and allspice. 

For the Lamb: In a large skillet, add oil and onion; sauté until onion begins to become translucent. Add a sprinkle of salt to help release the moisture. After about 5 minutes, add lamb. Begin to brown and break up pieces; cook until all browned and broken, about 10 minutes. Drain fat from pan. Add water; cook on medium heat until water is absorbed. Add cinnamon, allspice, pepper and salt. 

For the Yogurt Mint Sauce: In a bowl, crush garlic using a mortar and pestle. Add yogurt, mint and salt; mix well. 

To serve: In individual bowls, layer rice, lamb, veggies and toppings of choice; finish with a drizzle of Yogurt Mint Sauce.

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

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

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