Korean Beef Lettuce Cups with Kimchi

Last Updated on May 5, 2024

This Korean Beef Lettuce Cups recipe is an ideal choice for a light, gluten-free meal, perfect for summer dining. With a prep time of just 20 minutes and a cook time of 10 minutes, it’s incredibly easy to prepare. The recipe features ground beef seasoned with ginger, garlic, and soy sauce, nestled in crisp lettuce cups, and topped with tangy kimchi. It’s a refreshing, wholesome meal that combines simple cooking techniques with vibrant flavors, making it a delightful option for a quick and healthy summer lunch or dinner.

Chef Notes:

  • For an authentic Korean twist, try using blanched and chilled cabbage leaves instead of lettuce.
  • Uncooked beef patties can be made a few hours in advance and refrigerated until ready to cook.

Korean Beef Lettuce Cups with Kimchi

Savor the vibrant flavors of Korean cuisine with these Beef Lettuce Cups, featuring juicy ground beef marinated with ginger, garlic, and soy sauce, topped with tangy kimchi.
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Protein: Beef
Cut: Ground Beef
Diet: Gluten Free
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4


For the beef:

  • 1.3 pounds ground grass-fed beef
  • 2 tsp finely grated ginger
  • 1 tsp finely chopped garlic
  • 2 each finely chopped spring onion
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar

For the lettuce cups:

  • 8 each trimmed lettuce leaves iceberg
  • 1/2 cup chopped kimchi
  • Tomato slices sesame seeds to taste


For the beef:

  • Combine the beef with ginger, garlic, spring onion, soy sauce, and sugar. Form into 8 long patties and brush with vegetable oil.

To cook:

  • Preheat a ridged chargrill or barbecue to moderately high. Cook the patties for 3 minutes each side or until done to your liking. Let rest for 5 minutes, loosely covered with foil.
  • To serve: Place patties in the lettuce cups, top with kimchi to taste, and garnish with tomato slices and sesame seeds.


For an authentic Korean take, try using blanched and chilled cabbage leaves instead of lettuce cups. Uncooked beef patties can be prepared up to a few hours ahead and refrigerated until needed.
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