Grilled Rack of Lamb with Pistachio Basil Pesto will upgrade your next BBQ or tailgate. Frenched rack of lamb is grilled, sliced & topped with basil pesto. |

Grilled Rack of Lamb with Pistachio Basil Pesto

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grilled lamb, grilled rack of lamb, lamb with pesto, pistachio basil pesto, pistachio pesto
Prep Time: 18 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 1199 kcal

Upgrade your next summer barbecue with this Grilled Rack of Lamb with Pistachio Basil Pesto.



  • 2 racks of lamb 3-3 1/2 pounds total, rib bones frenched
  • Kosher salt and pepper

Pistachio Basil Pesto

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ cup shelled pistachios
  • 2 cups basil leaves
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese


  1. Season lamb with salt and pepper allow to come to room temperature (about 20-30 minutes) while you preheat your grill and make the pistachio basil pesto.
  2. Prepare grill for high heat (450°F).
  3. Cover the bones of the lamb with foil (to prevent charring) and place on grill. Close grill and let cook for 7 minutes, flip and cook for another 5 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 145°F for medium-rare.
  4. Let lamb rest 10 minutes. Cut into individual chops.

Pistachio Basil Pesto

  1. Place garlic in blender or food processor and pulse until chopped. Add pistachios, basil, lemon juice and salt and pulse until pistachios are finely chopped. Slowly stream in olive oil and process until combined. Add cheese and pulse briefly to just combine.
Nutrition Facts
Grilled Rack of Lamb with Pistachio Basil Pesto
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1199 Calories from Fat 1008
% Daily Value*
Fat 112g172%
Saturated Fat 42g263%
Cholesterol 192mg64%
Sodium 531mg23%
Potassium 664mg19%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 41g82%
Vitamin A 745IU15%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 151mg15%
Iron 4.6mg26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.