Middle Eastern Lettuce Wraps {Whole30}

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These Middle Eastern Lettuce Wraps are a version of the Middle Eastern Burger I posted several years ago. These lettuce wraps are faster, easier, and even healthier than the original burger.

Middle Eastern Lettuce Wraps {Whole30}
These Middle Eastern Lettuce Wraps are perfect for everyone!

I learned how to make baklava, kibbeh and tabbouleh from my college sweetheart’s mom. Fast forward a few years, and we avoid wheat and gluten, which pretty much knocks out all of those tasty dishes. I decided to come up with a version of the lamb kibbeh I used to love, but gone is the traditional addition of bulgur wheat. We really don’t miss it! Then I went one step further and made it a flexible meal for both Whole30 followers, and those who have no problem eating dairy (or pita bread), since Spencer loves cheese and yogurt!

Middle Eastern Lettuce Wraps {Whole30}
Put out Tzatziki, tomatoes, olives, onions, and feta cheese. Whole30 followers can omit the dairy and still feel satisfied!

While you can totally use beef or ground turkey, I love the taste of lamb with the warm Middle Eastern spices. Prepare the meat and put out lots of toppings, lettuce leaves, and even pita bread. Everyone can build their own. Sliced onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives and mint leaves are great for the Whole30 gang. While everyone else can add tzatziki, feta, and hummus.

Middle Eastern Lettuce Wraps {Whole30} Put out Tzatziki, diced tomatoes, olives, onions and feta cheese. Whole30s can omit the dairy and still feel satisfied!
With or without the tzatiki, these Middle Eastern Lettuce Wraps are delicious!

Serve this Quinoa Tabbouleh as a side dish; it’s naturally gluten free, since quinoa replaces the bulgur wheat.

Quinoa Tabbouleh is a healthy, gluten free side dish that's packed with flavor and texture! | @whatagirleats

Middle Eastern Lettuce Wraps {Whole30} Put out Tzatziki, diced tomatoes, olives, onions and feta cheese. Whole30s can omit the dairy and still feel satisfied!

Middle Eastern Lettuce Wraps {Whole30}

These Lettuce Wraps have all the spices and flavors of the Middle East. They are also Whole30 compliant, gluten free and low-carb! Lamb is traditional, but ground beef or turkey would be a fine substitute!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Entree
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings 4 servings
Calories 475 kcal



  • Heat oil in a large skillet over a medium heat.
  • Add onions and cook 2-3 minutes. Add garlic, lamb, and spices. Continuing stirring, breaking up lamb, and cook another 5-7 minutes, or until lamb is nearly done.
  • Drain excess fat, if any, add water and continue cooking until water is evaporated and lamb is cooked through, about 4 or 5 minutes.
  • Stir in toasted pine nuts and check for seasoning.
  • Serve in lettuce wraps with fresh mint leaves, chopped tomatoes, sliced onions and olives.


  • Ground turkey or beef can be used instead of lamb.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 475kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 21gFat: 40gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 946mgPotassium: 439mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 39IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 71mgIron: 4mg
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These Middle Eastern Lettuce Wraps are a quick and easy meal that will please everyone!

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These Middle Eastern Lettuce Wraps are Whole30 compliant, low carb and gluten free.
These Middle Eastern Lettuce Wraps are Whole30 compliant, low carb and gluten free.

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  1. These don’t just look good, they sound marvelous, Cynthia! I love lamb, too (honestly, I think a lot of people who say they don’t like lamb have never tasted really good lamb)!

    This is the kind of meal that doesn’t feel like you’re eating really healthy! Nice!

  2. How wonderful to have the input of your sweetheart’s mom for this wonderful Middle Eastern dishes! I am a big fan of taking my favorite burgers and wraps and converting them to lettuce wraps: even though I don’t follow a gluten-free diet, the omission of the extra calories hiding in the bread, pita, or tortilla helps me keep my girlish figure. 😉 I love the flavor and texture profile of this dish. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I’ve worked with lamb only a handful of times. These wraps look lovely. I’m glad you found a way to still enjoy those family classics.

    1. Oh, Agness, you must seek out some baklava! It’s layers of filo dough brushed with a honey syrup, and butter then layered with nuts, usually walnuts!

  4. How wonderful! I’m actually writing up a recipe for Asian style chicken lettuce wraps as we speak. I love the Middle Eastern spin on these. How creative!

  5. i made these wraps recently, and they were delicious! Now, I cannot say that all of my six children liked the lamb, but most ate it well, and my husband, who eats gluten-free, enjoyed it too. What really shocked me was my 5-yr-old son–He devoured three whole servings (and on lettuce). Even his third serving he was shoveling into his mouth like there was no tomorrow!

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