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1 pound ground beef or lamb

2 tablespoons water

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves

1/4 teaspoon pepper

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 small onion, chopped

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

4 (6-inch diameter) pita breads

2 cups shredded lettuce

1/2 cup plain yogurt

1 tablespoon snipped fresh mint leaves or 1 teaspoon dried mint leaves

1 teaspoon granulated sugar

1 small cucumber, seeded and chopped

1 medium tomato, chopped


Mix beef or lamb, water, lemon juice, salt, cumin, oregano, pepper, garlic and onion. Shape into 4 thin patties. Cook patties in oil over medium heat, turning frequently, until done, about 10 to 12 minutes.

Split each pita bread halfway around edge with a sharp knife. Separate to form pocket. Place patty in each pocket; top with lettuce.

Mix yogurt, snipped mint and sugar; stir in cucumber. Spoon onto lettuce; top with tomato.


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