Oxmoor House
Total Time
30 Mins
4 servings (serving size: 2 stuffed pita halves)

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

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

Step 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.

Step 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.

Chef's Notes

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.

Ratings & Reviews

Kfoster325's Review

January 22, 2015
We love this recipe! Easy, delicious, and great flavor!

AdrienneRichey's Review

October 31, 2012
I made the burger as directed and it was very tasty. I subbed greek yogurt for mayo and added garlic, to make it a bit lighter. If I were to make it again, I would add in chopped tomatoes to the salad

19Debbie62's Review

July 24, 2012
Like another member, I added some minced garlic. Also, minced fresh ginger instead of dry. I used turkey only, so to hold form, I added 1 egg and 1/4 cup PANKO crumbs. Greek yogurt instead of mayo. Served with: baby romaine, tomato slices and slices of FETA. The cinnamon is a great ingredient in this recipe. Really really tasty!

BMWmomma2's Review

February 06, 2012
Made this w/ ground chicken breast instead of turkey and lamb. The sause was modified severly!!! Made w/ plain Greek yogurt instead of mayo...added tons of freshly chopped garlic and ingredients listed. Definately needs the garlic!!

nicolecorsi's Review

May 26, 2011
Too me these were a little bland. The meat had good flavor and the sauce was excellent, but it was more a lunch recipe to me, instead of dinner.

dshadd's Review

April 15, 2011
DH said almost as good as our local gyro place. I did use greek yogurt, cucumber, garlic and lemon juice for the sauce. Even my 4 year old liked this! Yum

Cville6's Review

January 02, 2011
We love this, make it often, and make the burgers exactly as the recipe states. Instead of the mayo-based sauce I make one using plain Greek-style yogurt, diced cucumber, cumin and lemon juice.

carolfitz's Review

December 04, 2010
Superquick, followed the recipe except added clove of garlic to the sauce. Microwaved the onion in a bit of broth to soften. Served the tomato-cuke-olive salad but with non-fat Greek dressing. Not bad.

Plumber430's Review

October 01, 2010
Tasty, Tasty! Used chicken instead of lamb, and used Lavash bread instead of Pita (Lavash only 50 cal per serving!) What a tasty dish. This would be a great addition to a summer BBQ or a Fall tail-gate party. The pepper added a hit of heat, and spices combined made the kitchen smell heavenly. With the changes, I got the calories down to 349 per serving.

kdfoodE's Review

September 05, 2010
I didn't make the recipe exactly, added roasted red peppers to the meat mixture and some other things, but the pita burger idea is great. I also made a cucumber raita instead of the mayo. But the recipe sparked my imagination for sure!