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Turkish Lamb Pita Burgers

Turkish Lamb Pita Burgers Categories: Import|Eating Well|Burgers
Nb persons: 6
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    ? cup  bulgur, (see Ingredient Note)
    1 cup  boiling water
    2 teaspoons  whole coriander seeds
    2 teaspoons  whole cumin seeds
     cup  nonfat plain yogurt, preferably Greek (see Ingredient Note)
     cup  finely chopped scallion greens
     cup  chopped flat-leaf parsley, divided
    2 tablespoons  chopped fresh mint
    1 tablespoon  chopped fresh oregano
    1 teaspoon  freshly grated lemon zest
    1 tablespoon  lemon juice
    1 teaspoon  sugar
    1 teaspoons  freshly ground pepper, divided
    2 cups  diced tomato
     cup  finely chopped red onion
    2 tablespoons  extra-virgin olive oil
    12 ounces  ground lamb
    4 ounces  ground turkey
    1 cup  finely chopped yellow onion
    1 large  egg
    2 tablespoons  chopped garlic
     teaspoon  cayenne pepper
     teaspoon  salt
     teaspoon  ground allspice
    Pinch  ground cinnamon
    6  pita bread, whole wheat

6 whole-wheat pita breads, warmed
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.
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.
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.
4. Combine tomato, red onion and oil in another small bowl.
5. Preheat broiler (see Grilling Variation). Coat a broiler pan with cooking spray.
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.
7. Place the patties on the prepared broiler pan. Broil, turning once, until browned and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165F, 8 to 10 minutes total.
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 165F, 8 to 10 minutes total.

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