Betyi Kebab Wrap (Quick and simple)

Betyi Kebab Wrap (Quick and simple)

This was an inspiration, interpretation from a post by @oyaycel2 of her Betyi Kebab, Mine consisted of minced beef, garlic, coriander, ginger, cumin, ground coriander, sumac, celery salt. Griddled in a tortilla wrap. Onions tomatoes in smoked paprika. Garlic mint yogurt

What is A Betyi Kebab

Beyti is a Turkish dish consisting of ground beef or lamb, grilled on a skewer and served wrapped in lavash and topped with tomato sauce and yogurt. The dish is named after Beyti Güler, the owner of the popular restaurant Beyti in Istanbul. (source)

traditional grilling of Beyti kebab
Traditional method of grilling Beyti kebabs on an open flame grill

What is a Lavash

Lavash is a traditional thin, unleavened, Armenian flatbread. Traditionally  made in a tandoor oven. It is also popular in Turkey, Iran, and other Middle Eastern countries. It’s typically made with common ingredients like flour, water, and salt

The Betyi Kebab Interpretation

I scanned a few recipes of some traditional Betyi kebab recipes and go the general idea what the flavours where about. It was then about recreating the recipe with the ingredients that I had. Some of the recipes were a little complicated, shaping the meat into skewers or wrapping them with pastry first.

smoked paprika onions and tomatoes for the betyi kebab
Dressing the kebab with smoked paprika onions and tomatoes

So I wanted a quick and easy method especially as it was my first time eating or cooking a Betyi kebab. I had some tortilla wraps which would create the same effect. My drawer is full of spices so it was about matching them closely to the other recipes but more of what I liked. The tomatoes was fresh tomatoes in smoked paprika and onions. Always got plain yoghurt in the fridge, dried mint and garlic in the house.

Kebab & Grilling Equipment

The Betyi Kebab Spice Mix

As I said it is an interpretation of this Turkish kebab recipe so I decided to use garlic, ground coriander, ground ginger, sumac, and celery salt. I also added fresh finely cut coriander to the mix. I placed the minced beef into a bowl with all the spices, massaged all the ingredients and then allowed them to infuse for an hour. Of course you can add more or less of your favourite spices.

bowl of mince beef and Turkish spices
mince beef infusing with spices
how to grill a betyi kebab

Griddled Betyi Kebab

Beyti is a Turkish dish consisting of ground beef or lamb, grilled on a cast iron plate. Topped with tomato sauce and mint, garlic yogurt. The dish is named after Beyti Güler, the owner of the popular restaurant Beyti in Istanbul. (source)
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Turkish
Servings 4


Kebab Mixture

  • 500 g minced beef or lamb
  • 2 bulbs minced garlic
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp sumac
  • 1 handfull chopped coriander fresh
  • 1 tsp celery salt

Tomato Sauce

  • 4 Tomatoes
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1 tsp butter optional

Yoghurt Sauce

  • 3 tbsp Yoghurt plain (or Greek Style)
  • leftover crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp dried mint
  • 1 tsp sugar optional to balance the yoghurt (for a delicate tummy)


  • 1 tsp oil for cooking
  • 4 large tortilla wraps Pitta bread can also be used (stuffed)
  • 1 tsp mint


  • place the spices and 3/4 of the minced garlic into a bowl with the mince meat
  • massage the spices into the beef with your hands, allow to infuse for 1 hour
  • While the beef is infusing
  • slice the onions and start to sauté so they become translucent then add the smoked paprika and tomatoes
  • let the onions and tomatoes cook slowly
  • For the yoghurt sauce add a 1/4 of the minced garlic and dried mint
  • mix well and allow the flavours to develop, add the sugar if it tastes to acidic
  • Grab a tortilla and some infused mince beef and shape it into sausage across the edge of the tortilla
  • do not add the sausage shape all the way to the end, wrap the meat into like a sausage roll
  • Now griddle the stuffed tortilla on each side for 4 minutes, keep turing until cooked
    how to grill a betyi kebab
  • sliced the cooked Betyi kebab into 1 inch pieces
  • serve with smoked paprika onions and tomatoes and dress with the mint, garlic yoghurt


add fresh chopped coriander leaves for freshness 


Serving: 4g
Keyword Betyi Kebab, Turkish Kebab
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Another great simple recipe is this Beef shish kebab.

Is lavash a tortilla

What’s the difference between Lavash and flour tortillas? … Lavash is a fully baked flatbread that is usually lower in sodium, less doughy and chewy, and generally contains less oil. Lavash’s rectangular shape makes it easier to fit in lots of good stuff inside when you’re making wraps

Can the Betyi kebab mixture be frozen

Yes the Betyi kebab mixture is perfect for freezing and makes it an ideal cheap easy meal for one. I take some of the mixture from the freezer and when its defrosted add it to my chicken bone broth.