I love America’s Test Kitchen.  Their recipes are simple, call for few ingredients and are always keepers!  This one was no exception- AND  it calls for ground beef (something I always have on hand because its cheap and freezes well).

recipe from America’s Test Kitchen’s “30 minute Suppers” Spring 2009:

4 (8 inch) pita bread rounds

1/2 onion, chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 tsp. dried oregano

2 Tbs. lemon juice

salt and pepper

1 lb. 85 percent lean ground beef or ground lamb

1 Tbs. vegetable oil

1/2 cup plain whole-milk Greek yogurt

1 Tbs. finely chopped fresh mint

1.) Cut top 2 inches from each pita round.  Process pita scraps, onion, 3 cloves of garlic, oregano, 1 Tbs. lemon juice, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper in food processor to smooth paste.  Transfer mixture to large bowl, then add beef or lamb and mix until well combined.  Divide mixture into 12 equal balls, then press into 1/2-inch-thick patties.

2.) Heat oil in large skillet over med-high heat until just smoking.  Cook patties until well browned and cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes per side.  Transfer to paper towel-lined plate and tent with foil.

3.) Whisk yogurt, mint, remaining lemon juice, and remaining garlic in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper.  Warm pitas in microwave 20-30 seconds.  Place 3 patties in each pita and top with sauce.  Serve with lettuce, tomato and feta cheese.

I made ours with 93 percent lean beef and whole-milk Greek yogurt.  If you wanted to make this recipe healthier you could use 2 percent or fat free Greek yogurt- although the full fat is AMAZING and totally the reason why I gained 10 lbs. during my 7 week stay in Turkey. 🙂