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Crispy Beef Lettuce Wraps

Crispy Beef Lettuce Wraps are your new go-to summer dinner. Sweet and spicy ground beef get crisped up and paired with pickled cucumber, radish and butter lettuce. Top it with crunchy chopped hazelnuts and basil for a flavor packed bite.
Prep Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: 15 minute dinners, Gluten free
Servings: 4


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion fine diced
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic chili sauce
  • 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Pickled Cucumber

  • 1/2 English cucumber thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt

Other Ingredients

  • 1 head living butter lettuce leaves individually removed
  • 5-6 radishes thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup hazelnuts chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil torn


  • Heat vegetable oil in a large pan over medium high heat
  • Add onion and cook until softened about 2 minutes. Push over to side.
  • Add the ground beef, cook crumbling as you brown until a little crispy on the edges. Drain grease and return to heat.
  • Add remaining ingredients. Reduce heat to low and cook for another 10 minutes.
  • Serve in a butter lettuce leaf with pickled cucumber, radish, chopped hazelnuts and fresh basil.

Pickled Cucumber

  • Place sliced cucumber in a bowl. Cover with apple cider vinegar, sugar and salt. Let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes.