Turkey Burger Pitas with Tahini Sauce

Turkey Burger Pitas with Tahini Sauce Recipe
Although many cooks consider sauce a condiment or an afterthought, Lisa Richardson developed this recipe around her homemade sauce based on store-bought tahini. Richardson enjoys creating recipes and encourages her 8-year-old daughter to get involved in cooking. "She has her own recipe cards on which she jots down her new dishes," she says.


4 servings (serving size: 1 filled pita half)

Recipe from

Cooking Light

Nutritional Information

Calories 302
Fat 11.9 g
Satfat 3.5 g
Monofat 3.9 g
Polyfat 3.3 g
Protein 30.6 g
Carbohydrate 21.1 g
Fiber 2.8 g
Cholesterol 73 mg
Iron 2.7 mg
Sodium 599 mg
Calcium 93 mg


1/2 cup plain 2% Greek-style yogurt
1 tablespoon tahini (sesame seed paste)
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
Dash of salt
1/4 cup chopped green onions
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1 pound ground turkey
Cooking spray
2 (6-inch) whole-wheat pitas, cut in half
4 green leaf lettuce leaves
4 (1/4-inch) tomato slices


1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a small bowl.

2. Combine onions, parsley, 1/2 teaspoon salt, onion powder, and turkey in a large bowl. Divide mixture into 4 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty.

3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add patties to pan, and cook for 4 minutes on each side or until done.

4. Line each pita half with 1 lettuce leaf; add 1 patty, 1 tomato slice, and 2 tablespoons tahini sauce to each pita half.

Lisa Richardson, Glendale, Calif.,

Cooking Light

September 2010
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