How to BBQ lamb (with Mediterranean Compound Butter)

This savoury butter is a great make-ahead to keep in the fridge or freezer. It’s a quick and easy way to boost the flavour of grilled or roasted lamb chops or steaks. 

Ingredients List:

  • 12 SunGold Pre Cut Lamb Loin Chops (each 5 oz/150 g)
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) each salt and pepper

Compound Butter:

  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) chopped capers
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) lemon zest
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) each salt and pepper

Preparation & Directions:

  • Preheat grill to medium-high heat; grease grate well.
  • Toss lamb chops with oil; season with salt and pepper.
  • Grill lamb for 4 minutes per side for medium-rare or until instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into thickest part of meat without touching bone registers internal temperature of 145°F (63°C), or cook to desired doneness. 

Compound Butter:

  • Stir together butter, parsley, basil, capers, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, lemon zest, oregano, salt and pepper until blended.
  • Transfer to large piece of plastic wrap, rolling up tightly into log shape and twisting ends of plastic wrap to seal.
  • Refrigerate for about 1 hour or until firm. Alternatively, freeze for 15 minutes.
  • Make-ahead: Can be refrigerated for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 1 month.
  • Slice butter into 1/2-inch (1 cm) rounds; serve over top of hot lamb chops.


  • For medium doneness, cook lamb to internal temperature of 160°F (71°C) or 165°F (74°C) for medium-well.
  • Add any remaining butter to sauces, sandwiches or pastas.
  • Serve BBQ lamb with steamed green beans.
  • If desired, substitute Shoulder Chops for the Loin Chops; cook to desired doneness as for loin chops. 
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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Serves: 6

Nutrition Facts (Per 1/4 recipe)

  • Calories 640
  • Fat 47g
  • Cholesterol 225mg
  • Sodium 710mg
  • Carbohydrate 2g
  • Fibre 1g
  • Sugars 0g
  • Protein 52g