Pita Burgers Recipe
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Pita Burgers Recipe

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Dorothy Wiedeman of Eaton, Colorado serves this tasty variation on the traditional hamburger at backyard get-togethers. Similar to Greek gyros, the herbed ground beef patties are stuffed in pita bread with a yummy cucumber lettuce mixture.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 medium cucumber, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) reduced-fat plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
  • 6 whole pita breads

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 409 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 731mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 3g fiber), 32g protein .


  1. In a small bowl, combine the onion, garlic and seasonings; crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into six patties.
  2. Grill, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160° and juices run clear.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the lettuce, cucumber, yogurt and sesame seeds. Top each burger with lettuce mixture; serve with pita breads. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Pita Burgers in Taste of Home June/July 2002, p45

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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mtpenner 36118
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2013

"Kind of has a 'falafal' taste to it, only with a burger....I don't necessarily follow every aspect of the recipe, but certainly follow the idea behind it!"

katlaydee3 36110
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2010

"I didn'tlike this at all. Sorry."

rnkris 102006
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2010

"Doesn't taste like gyros but a good combination of flavors."

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