Lamb Lettuce Wraps

Greek lamb lettuce wraps are the healthy and tasty alternative to Greek gyro - ground lamb cooked with onions and flavored with traditional gyro spices.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Greek
Keyword lamb
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 376kcal
Author Vered DeLeeuw


Tzatziki sauce:

  • 1/2 cup whole milk Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 medium cucumber, peeled, grated
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon mint leaves, finely minced

Seasoning mix:

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin


  • 16 large iceberg lettuce leaves (2 per wrap)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 lb. ground lamb
  • 1 large onion, diced (8 oz)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved, for garnish


  • Prepare the Tzatziki sauce by combining its ingredients in a small bowl, using a fork. Set aside.
  • Prepare the seasoning mix: in a small bowl, mix together the kosher salt, oregano, thyme, rosemary and cumin.
  • Prepare the lettuce: wash and dry well. Remove any damaged outer leaves. Cut the lettuce in half, remove the core, and carefully remove the leaves, two at a time, to form the lettuce cups - 2 leaves per cup, nestled within each other. Arrange the lettuce cups on plates, or on a platter.
  • Heat a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat, about 2 minutes. Add the olive oil and swirl to coat. Add the lamb, the onion and 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Cook, stirring often and breaking up the meat into small pieces, until meat is browned and onions are tender, about 7 minutes. Drain by pouring the lamb/onion mixture into a colander placed on a bowl, then return to the skillet.
  • Add the garlic and the seasoning mix. Cook 2 more minutes, stirring and making sure the meat is well coated with the spices. Turn heat off.
  • Divide the gyro mixture evenly among the lettuce wraps. Top each wrap with a dollop of tzatziki sauce and garnish with tomatoes. Serve immediately.


Calories: 376kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 29g | Sodium: 377mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g