Easy Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps

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Ground beef lettuce wraps are a perfect recipe for weeknights because they're simple, easy and can be made in less than twenty minutes. Use this Korean beef recipe for a quick meal that everyone loves.


Why is this Korean beef lettuce wrap recipe a winner?

Ground beef lettuce wraps are a perfect recipe for weeknights because they’re simple, easy and can be made in less than twenty minutes. Use this Korean beef recipe for a quick meal that everyone loves. If you love our Korean beef and rice and Korean beef nachos, you’re going to devour these ground beef lettuce wraps made with Korean flavors. I’m all for simple recipes that are tasty and quick, and this delicious ground beef recipe is no exception.​ Note that this Korean beef recipe features lettuce instead of white rice, which can have health benefits.

For this Korean lettuce wraps you need lettuce, brown sugar, beef, oil, onion, garlic and soy sauce.


Start with sautéing onions, garlic and ginger then brown the ground beef in the same pan. Add in brown sugar and low sodium soy sauce and once every ingredient is completely combined, turn the heat off and fill lettuce leaves with Korean ground beef and top with sesame seeds.  I use low sodium soy sauce, rather than regular soy sauce, to make it a little healthier.

To make Korean ground beef recipe, saute onion and ground beef with garlic and then add soy sauce and sugar.

What kind of lettuce should I use?

I love using butter lettuce because it’s large enough to be handled and it’s easy to roll. You can also use iceberg lettuce but it’s a bit crisper so it’s possible that it might break while wrapping.

Serving suggestions

We usually have these Asian beef lettuce wraps as a meal for dinner or a light lunch but if you’re serving them as a part of a larger meal, you can serve them with honey sesame chickenshrimp noodle salad or honey sriracha meatballs. Trust me, these lettuce wraps would go perfectly with just about any Asian-inspired dishes you have in mind.

These delicious ground beef lettuce wraps are also great appetizer for parties and gatherings. Lettuce wraps are always a favorite because they’re so versatile, easy and light. Kids and adults both love them, so you could call them a family favorite.

These Korean beef lettuce wraps are great as appetizers or main dishes.

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Notes and tips for this Korean ground beef recipe

  • This recipe calls for one diced onion but you can add more if needed. Onion gives a great flavor to the ground beef and pairs very well with minced garlic and ginger.
  • You can add different vegetables such as broccoli, green onion, water chestnuts or mushrooms.
  • Try to use lean ground beef, rather than high fat beef. The leaner the beef, the tastier the lettuce wraps.
  • Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.
Ground beef lettuce wraps are so easy and simple to make.

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5 from 3 votes

Easy Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps

Ground beef lettuce wraps are great for weeknights because they're simple, easy and can be made in less than twenty minutes.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
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  • 4 tbsp Mazola Corn Oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ginger, minced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce, low sodium
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 8 butter lettuce leaves


  • Heat Mazola corn oil in a skillet over medium heat. 
  • Saute onion until olden brown. Add in garlic and ginger and stir well. 
  • Add ground beef and brown it completely. 
  • Add in soy sauce and brown sugar. Cook for another 2 minutes until the flavors are combined. 
  • Top the lettuce leaves with Korean ground beef and sesame seeds and serve immediately. 


  • You can add other vegetables such as carrots, broccoli and water chestnuts to this recipe. 


Calories: 300kcal

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    I just made this and its absolutely delicious. I added rice in my wrap as well though. Thank you for this quick easy delicious meal.

  2. 5 stars
    I think I could eat every single one of those lettuce wraps. I just love the flavors you’ve used. They’d make a great appetizer or meal!