Lamb and Turkey Pita Burgers

Lamb and Turkey Pita BurgersRecipe
Oxmoor House
Cinnamon, ginger, and cumin give these burgers the warm, spicy flavor of the eastern Mediterranean. The burgers would pair nicely with a simple cucumber or cucumber-tomato salad.


4 servings (serving size: 2 stuffed pita halves)
Total time: 30 Minutes

Recipe from

Cooking Light

Recipe Time

Total: 30 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 370
Fat 15.3 g
Satfat 5.5 g
Monofat 5.4 g
Polyfat 2.7 g
Protein 31.8 g
Carbohydrate 27.5 g
Fiber 3.7 g
Cholesterol 78 mg
Iron 3 mg
Sodium 623 mg
Calcium 28 mg


1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/4 cup prechopped onion
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
8 ounces lean ground lamb
8 ounces ground turkey breast
Cooking spray
12 small green leaf lettuce leaves
6 (4-inch) whole-wheat pitas, halved


1. To prepare sauce, combine first 4 ingredients; cover and chill.

2. To prepare burgers, combine onion and next 6 ingredients (through turkey) in a large bowl. Divide mixture into 8 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/3-inch-thick oval patty.

3. Heat a large grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add patties to pan; cook 5 minutes on each side or until well-marked and done. Arrange 1 lettuce leaf, 1 patty, and about 1 1/2 teaspoons sauce in each pita half.


This updated version of Lamb and Turkey Pita Burgers is based on a recipe that originally ran in Cooking Light, September 2010. The recipe was retested and updated for Cooking Light Crave!, Oxmoor House, 2013.