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10 Minute Ground Turkey Shawarma Lettuce Wraps

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  • Author: Cosette's Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 pounds 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Lebanese


No slice, cutting or oven used to make these 10 Minute Ground Turkey Shawarma Lettuce Wraps. A cross between a salad and taco with warm shawarma flavor from our own homemade shawarma seasoning. Perfect for a sunny summer day.


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Shawarma Seasoning 

  • 2 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp cumin
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 2 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric

Turkey Shawarma

  • 2 pounds ground turkey - 7-15% fat
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 Tablespoons of prepared shawarma seasoning, divided

Optional Toppings

  • Pita bread
  • Romaine or butter lettuce for wraps
  • Pickled turnips (lifit)
  • Hummus or taratore sauce
  • Tomatoes
  • Sumac onions ** sumac needed
  • Scallions
  • Fresh mint
  • Parsley
  • Feta cheese
  • Lemon


Shawarma Seasoning

  1. In a small bowl, combine your seasoning ingredients and whisk until combined. This will make more than we need for this recipe but I like to make a bit extra to use for another day. Store in sealed jar in a dark cool place, be sure to label.
    • 2 Tbsp kosher salt

Turkey Shawarma

  1. Dice your onion and set aside.
  2. Heat a large skillet, 12-14" is ideal to medium-high heat. 
  3. Add your olive oil, once hot and glistening, add your ground turkey and diced onions. Using a spatula or wooden spoon, mix to ensure even cooking. Cook for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Next, 3 Tablespoons of your shawarma seasoning and continue cooking for another 5-8 minutes until the turkey is fully cooked through.
    • 3 Tablespoons of prepared shawarma seasoning
  5. Remove from heat and add your final tablespoon of shawarma spice.
    • 1 Tablespoon of prepared shawarma seasoning
  6. Begin assembling your lettuce wraps:
    • Smear a bit of hummus on your romaine lettuce
    • Add your shawarma turkey
    • Then add your toppings to your specifications, Enjoy!


  • If using prepared shawarma seasoning, taste after the initial 3 Tablespoons for flavor, it's hard to know how much exactly to use when it's a different mix. Adjust accordingly.
  • Mix and match and use whatever toppings you'd like - you can also swap the avenue of enjoying: lettuce, pita, tortillas, taco shells, rice or simply a salad.
  • If making the sumac onions you'll need an additional large onion and 2 Tablespoons of sumac.
    • Simply slice one large onion then add 2 Tablespoons of sumac spice to the onions in a bowl.
    • Using clean hands, really work and massage the onions and sumac spice together. Releasing the juice from the onions. You want to massage and work until the onions appear soft and wilted, almost as though they have been slightly cooked.
    • The onions won't be as potent as raw onions, allowing the moisture to release also gives them a more subtle, sweeter flavor combined with the sumac.
    • Once you have gotten them to this point, enjoy on sandwiches, these lettuce wraps, tacos or whatever you have on hand! Store in the fridge in a sealed container for a week.