Turkish Lahmacun

Turkish Lahmacun

The pizza-style lahmacun, or lahmajoun, or translated "meat on dough" is popular in the Eastern Mediterranean region from Lebanon to Turkey. The crust has a thin crispy-soft texture from the stone oven. At home, it's traditionally baked in a pan without oil. The meat infused with summer vegetables creates a refreshing juicy topping. Enjoy lahmacun rolled up with or without salad filling.
Hands-on time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Turkish
Servings 3 servings


  • 1 lb lamb or beef ground
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 1 1/2 bell pepper 1/2 green, 1 red
  • 12 tortilla wraps 8-inch
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2-4 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1-2 lemons for juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Suggested Fillings

  • 1 lettuce of your choice chopped
  • 1-2 tomatoes sliced
  • 1 cup yogurt plain

Lahmacun Culinary Spice Kit

  • PaprikaTurkish pepper (mild Marash & Urfa, crushed with oil and salt), anardana (pomegranate), oregano



  • In a FOOD PROCESSOR, blend onion and garlic into a paste.
  • Add parsley and bell peppers and chop coarsely.
  • Make sure that some tiny pieces are still visible.

Without a food processor

  • Grate onion and garlic, and finely chop parsley and bell peppers.


  • Pour the mixture into a BOWL.
  • Stir in oil, Lahmacun spices, and 2 tbsp tomato paste.
  • Add salt (1.5 tsp recommended) and black pepper to taste.
  • Add meat and mix very well.


  • Let rest for 15 minutes.
  • Add more tomato paste if not all liquid is absorbed.


  • On each tortilla, distribute 2 tbsp of the meat mixture thinly up to the very edges.
  • Bake in a medium hot PAN (without oil) or OVEN (325°F, on parchment paper) until the meat topping is cooked.
  • Repeat until all lahmacuns are prepared.


  • To keep the lahmacuns warm until all are done, place the 2nd cooked lahmacun face down on top of the 1st one, the 3rd face up on top. Repeat.


  • Sprinkle lemon juice to taste on your lahmacun and add the fillings of your choice.
  • Roll up and enjoy!


▪ Substitute lamb with any other ground meat.
▪ Substitute meat with 2 cups of cooked lentils or bulgur.
Turkish Lahmacun
Turkish Lahmacun