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Pita Burgers Recipe

Pita Burgers Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Pita Burgers

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mtpenner User ID: 3915650 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 User ID: 3741999 36110
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2010

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

rnkris User ID: 2505789 102006
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2010

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

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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