August 29, 2023

Lamb Lettuce Cups


Prep Time

15 min

Cook Time

15 MIN

Total Time

30 min



lamb lettuce cups on a plate


Tzatziki Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup grated cucumber
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic (minced or grated)
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint and dill leaves (chopped)
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice


  • 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion (diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced or grated)
  • 1 pound ground American lamb
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

For Serving:

  • 1 head butter lettuce, leaves separated
  • 8 ounces feta cheese (cubed or crumbled)
  • Fresh dill
  • Fresh mint
  • Kalamata olives (sliced)
  • Cucumbers (sliced)
  • Red onions (minced)
  • Cherry tomatoes (quartered)
  • Lemon wedges



Place cucumber in a strainer and salt it with 1 tsp kosher salt. Let it drain for 20 minutes, then press out all of the excess liquids with the back of a spoon. Combine the cucumber with the yogurt, garlic, mint, dill and lemon juice and refrigerate until ready to serve.


Heat olive oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until translucent, 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds longer, until fragrant.

Add lamb, cumin and oregano and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook, breaking up with a spoon until fully cooked, about 8-10 minutes. USDA recommends ground lamb reach an internal temp of 160F.

To Serve:

Portion the lamb into the butter lettuce cups. Garnish with tzatziki, feta, fresh mint & dill, cucumbers, red onions, and tomatoes, as desired. Serve with lemon wedges on the side. Enjoy!

USDA recommends the following time and temperature parameters

Ground Lamb

Internal temperature of 160°F

All Other Cuts

Internal temperature of 145°F, with a 3 minute rest

lamb lettuce cups raw ingredients
groundlamb cooked in a skillet
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