Lazy Chebureki Recipe

These lazy chebureki (ground beef turnovers) work just great for a quick dinner (along with a salad, for a healthier meal ;)) or a snack to take in a car. These are super easy to make and taste great, moreover, they are kids approved. My kids like to take chebureki to school for lunch, and my older son’s teacher has already asked for the recipe ;)
Lazy Chebureki Recipe


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 14 flour tortillas (I used uncooked roti-chapati from Costco)
  • 1 onion (small, finely grated)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • avocado oil (for frying, if not using Cuisinart AirFryer Toaster Oven)
Prep time:
10 minutes
Cook time:
35 minutes
Total time:
45 minutes
Yield: 14 chebureki | Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 35 minutes | Total time: 45 minutes


I use Cuisinart AirFryer Toaster Oven for this recipe, to have a healthier version of chebureki. If you don't have one, you can use a skillet.


1. In a bowl, mix together grated onion and ground beef, season with salt and pepper.

2. Using a fork, spread about 2 tablespoons of beef mixture on one side of the raw tortilla, leaving some space at the edges.

3. Fold the other half over, covering the filling. Gently press on the filling, using the palm of your hand, to remove air pockets. Crimp the edges with the tines of a fork, on both sides (use a different fork, not the one you used for filling). You can also add another layer of sealing by pinching edges with your fingers.

4. For a healthier version, air fry in batches in a basket of your Cuisinart Toaster Oven at 320F (160С) for 5 minutes (until nice golden-brown), then turn and air fry for another 3 minutes. My oven tends to run hot, but you may need to adjust time/temperature.

If you don’t have an air fryer, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat, enough to cover half of a cheburek. Fry chebureki in batches over low-medium heat, about 4-5 minutes per side. The temperature of the meat filling should be at least 160F (71С).

Products I recommend for this recipe

Cuisinart AirFryer Toaster Oven

Cuisinart AirFryer Toaster Oven
Uncooked Tortillas

Uncooked Tortillas
Uncooked Roti-Chapati

Uncooked Roti-Chapati
Avocado Oil

Avocado Oil


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My kids approve!

I rarely make turnovers because I always struggle with the dough. I can never get it right. But using store-bought roti is such a smart, time-saving trick!

Agree, buying raw tortillas / roti is such a time saver! - Alena

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