Ten of the best Lamb Marinades for the BBQ


The sun is finally making an appearance and that means that barbecues are being fired up across the country. Looking for an easy way to take your lamb recipes to the next level? Marinades are probably the easiest way to do so. A good marinade not only keeps your grilling moist and flavorful, but they make it healthier.  These marinades embrace flavours from across the world and are the perfect compliment to beautiful cuts of New Zealand lamb.

Mediterranean Marinade

Combine 3 cloves crushed garlic, 1/2 cup tomato paste, 1/2 cup oil, 2 teaspoons oregano, 1/4 cup red wine and mix well

Honey Mint Marinade

Combine 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1/2 to 1 teaspoon minced chilli, 1 tablespoon fresh mint, 2 tablespoons honey and mix well.

Hoisin Marinade

In a bowl whisk together 1/3 cup of hoisin sauce, 3 tablespoons of rice vinegar, 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of minced garlic, 1/4 cup of minced scallions, 1 tablespoon of honey, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

Balsamic Marinade

Whisk together ⅓ cup balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon finely shredded mint and a pinch of both salt and pepper. Add marinade to lamb in a zip-lock bag and allow to marinade in the fridge for at least 1 hour, and ideally overnight.

Lemon And Oregano Marinade

Mix the juice of 1 large lemon with 1.5 teaspoons of salt and pepper, 1/2 tablespoon of dried oregano and 2-3 crushed garlic cloves.

Greek Marinade

Juice two lemons in a bowl, add a 1/4 of a cup of olive oil while whisking, then add 2 to 3 cloves of minced garlic, 2 tablespoons of finely chopped oregano, 1 teaspoon of chopped fresh thyme, 1 bay leaf, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper.

Satay Marinade

Combine 1/2 cup dry red wine and 1 tablespoon sesame oil with 1/4 teaspoon five-spice powder, 1/4 teaspoon chilli powder, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 2 teaspoons grated ginger and 1 crushed garlic clove.

Honey Mustard Marinade

Combine 1 tablespoon olive oil with 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (or red wine vinegar), 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar, 2 tablespoons honey mustard and 1 tablespoon lemon juice.

Garlic, Oregano, Basil Marinade

Combine 1 cup red wine, 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, 2 cloves chopped garlic, 2 teaspoons dry oregano, 2 teaspoons dry basil and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Vietnamese Marinade

Season lamb with 2 cloves of sliced garlic and one teaspoon of garlic powder. Then add a pinch of chilli powder, 2 tablespoons of white sugar, 1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice, 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. After cooking the lamb garnish with 1/4 cup of chopped fresh cilantro and squeeze two lemon and lime wedges before serving.


Here are some our favourite barbecued lamb recipes for you to try out now that you’ve mastered the art of the marinade.