Turkish Lamb Pita Burgers

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Turkish Lamb Pita Burgers

Turkish Lamb Pita Burgers

Heavy on exotic spices, this decadent sandwich is a great way to familiarize yourself with the joys of Turkish cooking. Lean turkey blended with lamb lightens the mix. Stuff the patties into warm pita bread or roll the mixture into meatballs and serve with the yogurt sauce on the side as an hors d'oeuvre.

Nutrition Profile: High Fiber   High Potassium  

Serves 6

Prep Time 60 min

Total Time 60 min.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup bulgur, (see Ingredient Note)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 teaspoons whole coriander seeds
  • 2 teaspoons whole cumin seeds
  • 3/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt, preferably Greek (see Ingredient Note)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped scallion greens
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley, divided
  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper, divided
  • 2 cups diced tomato
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 12 ounces ground lamb
  • 4 ounces 93%-lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 6 whole-wheat pita breads, warmed

Cooking Directions

Step 1

Combine bulgur and water in a small bowl; let stand until the water is absorbed and the bulgur is tender, 20 to 30 minutes. Drain any excess liquid.

Step 2

Meanwhile, heat coriander and cumin seeds in a small skillet over medium heat until they begin to pop and are fragrant and lightly toasted, about 2 minutes. Scrape into a small bowl to cool, then crush in a mortar and pestle or spice grinder.

Step 3

Combine 2 teaspoons of the spice mixture with yogurt, scallion greens, 2 tablespoons parsley, mint, oregano, lemon zest, lemon juice, sugar and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Step 4

Combine tomato, red onion and oil in another small bowl.

Step 5

Preheat broiler (see Grilling Variation). Coat a broiler pan with cooking spray.

Step 6

Place the reserved bulgur, the remaining spice mixture, the remaining 2 tablespoons parsley and the remaining 1 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl. Add lamb, turkey, yellow onion, egg, garlic, cayenne, salt, allspice and cinnamon. Gently combine, without overmixing, until evenly incorporated. Form into 12 equal balls, then form each into an oval patty about 1/2 inch thick.

Step 7

Place the patties on the prepared broiler pan. Broil, turning once, until browned and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165°F, 8 to 10 minutes total.

Step 8

Slice open the warmed pita breads. Fill with 2 burgers, about 1/3 cup tomato mixture and 2 generous tablespoons yogurt sauce each. Grilling Variation: To grill the lamb patties, preheat a grill to medium-high. Oil the grill rack (see Tip). Grill the patties, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165°F, 8 to 10 minutes total.


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