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Ground Lamb

Ground Lamb is ground lamb meat, usually from the shank and neck as well as trimmings from the breast, flank, leg, loin, rib, or shoulder

The fat content can vary.

Sample quantities of ground lamb obtained from a lamb weighing 120 pounds (54 1/2 kg):
  • From the Flank: 1 pound (450g)
  • From the Loin: 1/2 pound (25g)
  • From the Shoulder: 1 pound (450g)

Traditional in English Shepherd's Pie, Greek Moussaka, Indian samosas, etc.

Cooking Tips

Use as you would ground beef or ground pork. It is usually cooked by frying before being used in a dish.


The increased surface area raises the same bacterial issues (E. coli, etc) that ground beef does. Consequently, Ground Lamb needs to be cooked to at least 160 F (71 C), or until there is no pink anywhere in the ground meat you are cooking and any juices run off clear.

Storage Hints

Use or freeze within 2 days of purchase. Freeze for up to 1 month.

See also:


Agneau d'herbe; Agneau de Bergerie; Agneau de Boucherie; Agneau de Lait des Pyrénées; Barnsley Chops; Baron of Lamb; Black Mint Sauce; Carré of Lamb; Ground Lamb; Institutional Meat Purchase Specifications; Lamb's Fry; Lamb Fell; Lamb Fore End; Lamb Heart; Lamb Kidney; Lamb Liver; Lamb Tongue; Lamb; Paillard of Lamb; Pauillac Lamb; Pavé of Lamb; Salt Marsh Lamb; Scottadito; Sisteron Lamb; Stewing Lamb; Suckling Lamb

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Also called:

Minced Lamb; Agneau haché (French); Cordero picado (Spanish)


Oulton, Randal. "Ground Lamb." CooksInfo.com. Published 11 December 2004; revised 23 August 2007. Web. Accessed 03/17/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/ground-lamb>.

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