Lamb Burger Pitas with Two-Pepper Chutney

Lamb burgers are a tasty alternative to grilled chicken on a busy weeknight. This flavorful recipe comes together in just 30 minutes.


Serves 4
Total time: 30 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Total: 30 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 361
Caloriesfromfat 50 %
Protein 23 g
Fat 20 g
Satfat 6.9 g
Carbohydrate 22 g
Fiber 3 g
Sodium 816 mg
Cholesterol 76 mg


1 large red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup lightly packed mint leaves
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 garlic clove
1 teaspoon cayenne
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1 pound ground lamb
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 pita breads (6 in. wide), halved
Lettuce leaves


1. Preheat a grill for medium heat (350° to 450°). Put bell pepper, mint, lemon juice, garlic, cayenne, 1 tsp. pepper, and 1/2 tsp. salt into a food processor and pulse just until coarsely chopped. Set chutney aside.

2. In a medium bowl, combine lamb, cilantro, remaining 1 tsp. pepper and 1/2 tsp. salt, the coriander, and cumin until blended. Form into 4 patties, each about 1/2 in. thick.

3. Lightly oil grill and cook burgers, turning once, until done the way you like, about 6 minutes total for medium. Cut burgers in half and put 2 halves into each pita piece, then tuck in lettuce leaves. Serve chutney on the side.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Susie Dahl, Ojai, CA,


June 2009
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