Lebanese Street Sandwiches

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Grill: 10 min.


6 servings

Updated: Dec. 29, 2023
Arayes are grilled Lebanese-style pitas that are stuffed with a seasoned meat mixture. They're commonly found throughout the food stalls that line the streets of Beirut. If you'd rather not use a grill, they can be baked in the oven or made in a panini press too. —Nikki Haddad, Germantown, Maryland
Lebanese Street Sandwiches Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 large onions, coarsely chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups packed fresh parsley sprigs
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 whole pita breads
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  1. Place onions in a food processor; pulse until finely chopped. Remove and pat dry; transfer to a large bowl. Add parsley to processor; pulse until minced. Stir into onion. Add beef, egg and salt; mix lightly but thoroughly.
  2. Slice pitas horizontally in half. Spread bottoms with meat mixture to edge. Replace pita tops; press lightly to adhere. Brush outsides of sandwiches with oil. Grill sandwiches, uncovered, over medium heat 10-12 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into meat mixture reads 160°, turning every 2 minutes. Cool slightly before cutting into quarters.
  3. Combine sauce ingredients; serve with sandwiches.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 545 calories, 28g fat (7g saturated fat), 101mg cholesterol, 852mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 4g fiber), 30g protein.