Quick Korean Ground Beef Lettuce Wraps in Garlic Sauce

Savor the flavor with Korean-inspired garlic-infused spicy beef lettuce wraps-dinner ready in under 30 minutes with a blend of savory and crisp perfection.

A blue and white plate with cups of lettuce filled with ground beef and a sauce surrounded by small tomatoes

Ingredients to Make Spicy Beef Lettuce Wraps

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • cucumber
  • butter lettuce leaves
  • mayonaise
  • sriracha
  • soy sauce
  • garlic
  • sesame oil
  • light brown sugar
  • sherry vinegar
two handmade type pottery bowl filled with cucumbers, cooked ground beef and a pile of butter lettuce leaves on a cutting board

How to Make Quick Spicy Beef Lettuce Wraps:

  • Put a pot of rice on the stove while you prepare the rest of the meal
  • Slice cucumber and let them rest in Sherry vinegar
  • Make the garlic sauce in a small jar by adding minced garlic, brown sugar, sesame oil and tamari/soy sauce
  • Brown the ground beef and add in the garlic sauce
  • Mix Sriracha and mayo in a small bowl and chill until dinner is ready to serve
  • Spoon the rice and beef into lettuce leaves. Drizzle with the Sriracha/mayo sauce.
Slice a cucumber- throw it in 1/4 cup of sherry vinegar-simple.

Tips for Making Spicy Beef Lettuce Wraps:

  • Use Bibb or iceberg lettuce for the wraps- they are the most crunchy and easiest to roll up
  • I prefer jasmine rice for the filling. Here is a great recipe for Coconut Jasmine rice.
  • Save the sherry vinegar to use in a salad dressing. Here is another salad recipe using the sherry vinegar.
a blue bowl filled with mayonnaise and a white bowl with Sriracha on a wooden cutting board
Sriracha & Mayo

Equipment needed for this recipe:

  • 12″ skillet
  • 2 small bowls
  • jar with a lid for the garlic sauce
A pan with browned ground beef being covered in a thick garlic sauce

Great Side dishes to Serve with Spicy Beef Lettuce Wraps

a blue and white plate with lettuce leaves, ground beef and cucumbers drizzled with a bit of thick pale orange sauce
a white bowl with soy sauce, 4 cloves of unpeeled garlic, a mound of brown sugar and a small metal cup with sesame oil on a cutting board
garlic, brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil- add to a pound of ground beef

Other Entrees to make with Ground Beef

a white bowl with a pale orange thick sauce in it

Quick Korean-Inspired Beef Lettuce Wraps in Garlic Sauce

A Korean-inspired 30- minute dinner created with a pound of ground beef, lettuce, cucumbers and a few pantry staples.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Beef lettuce wraps
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 504kcal


  • 1.5 lbs (about 720g) Lean ground beef
  • 1 Hot House cucumber, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) Sherry Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup (50g) Mayonnaise
  • 2 TBSP (30ml) Sriracha sauce
  • 3 TBSP (45 ml) Tamari or Soy sauce
  • 2 TBSP (20g) Light brown sugar
  • 3 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 TBSP (15ml) Sesame oil
  • 1 head lettuce- Iceberg or Bibb- washed with leaves separated
  • 1 cup, (150g) jasmine rice, cooked


  • In a small bowl, place sliced cucumbers and sherry vinegar together to marinate, set aside.
  • Combine Mayo and Sriracha in another small bowl- place in fridge until ready to serve.
  • In a small jar mix well the minced garlic, sugar, sesame oil and Tamari/Soy sauce. Shake well.
  • In a medium sized skillet, cook beef until browned and juices have evaporated. Add garlic sauce and cook until warmed through. Add up to 1/4 cup of water if needed to the mixture.
  • To serve: Drain vinegar from the cucumbers. Spoon rice and beef into lettuce cups. Top with cucumbers and drizzle with Mayo/Sriracha sauce.


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Calories: 504kcal

Here is a pantry staple hero recipe for you busy moms and dads, busy students in college or really anyone who puts in a long day and wants a quick, hot dinner. These Spicy Korean-Style Beef Lettuce Wraps are so yummy and the garlic sauce and Sriracha mayo will have your family asking for the dish over and over again.

It’s 5:30, you’ve just walked in the door from work and you have to get dinner on the table before the kids talk you into ordering pizza. You’ve got a pound of ground beef, some rice and a head of lettuce and not much else.

This dish takes only about 30 minutes to whip up. It’s based off a similar recipe I found on America’s Test Kitchen when I was searching for “what do a pound of beef” . I’ve tweaked the recipe to make it my own and to make it a tad simpler.


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