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Turkey Burger Pitas with Tahini Sauce

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.

Cooking Light SEPTEMBER 2010

  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 filled pita half)


  • 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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 302
  • Fat: 11.9g
  • Saturated fat: 3.5g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.9g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 3.3g
  • Protein: 30.6g
  • Carbohydrate: 21.1g
  • Fiber: 2.8g
  • Cholesterol: 73mg
  • Iron: 2.7mg
  • Sodium: 599mg
  • Calcium: 93mg