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Lahmacun (Turkish Pizza)

Lahmacun, a Turkish pizza with a spicy meat mixture and topped with chopped salad and herb tahini dressing.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Turkish
Keyword: Lahmacun recipe, Turkish lahmacun, Turkish pizza
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 587kcal
Author: Samantha Ferraro


Food Processor
Pizza Stone


Chopped Salad:

  • 2 Persian cucumbers peeled and diced
  • 1 large tomato seeded and diced
  • Few leaves of fresh mint chopped
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • Olive oil for drizzling
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • ½ pound pizza dough at room temperature
  • Flour for rolling dough
  • ¾ pound ground beef or lamb or mixture of both
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried mint
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon sumac
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • 1 to mato roughly chopped and seeds removed
  • 1 shallot roughly chopped
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves roughly chopped
  • Small bunch of fresh parsley and cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt

Herb tahini Dressing

  • ½ cup tahini
  • Small bunch of fresh parsley and cilantro
  • 1 garlic clove roughly chopped
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • Pinch of cayenne optional
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • Water for thinning out dressing

Additional Toppings:


  • Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Begin by making the chopped salad and toss all of the ingredients together and set aside.
  • For the herb tahini sauce, add everything except the water to a food processor and pulse to combine until well blended. Add about ¼ cup of water to thin out consistency. It should be the same thickness as syrup and be pourable. Continue blending until everything is smooth and add more water if necessary. Taste for seasoning and set aside.
  • For the lahmacun, in a large bowl, add the chopped meat and spices and mix together well.
  • In a food processor, add the tomato, bell pepper, shallot, garlic and herbs and pulse until blended well and it looks like a “salsa”. Remove and drain any excess moisture and add the tomato mixture to the meat and mix well to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Next, divide pizza dough into 4 equal pieces, about 2 ounces each and roll out on a very floured surface with a rolling pin. Roll dough as thin as you can, or to about 8-9 inches in diameter.
  • Divide the meat mixture into 4 portions and add one portion of the meat onto the dough, using your hands to gently press the meat mixture evenly into the dough, leaving a shallow border.
  • Place lahmacun on baking sheet or pizza stone and bake at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for about 5-7 minutes or until meat and dough is fully cooked.
  • Once done, garnish lahmacun with chopped salad, sumac onions creamy tahini sauce and extra squeeze of lemon juice.


Calories: 587kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 1068mg | Potassium: 757mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1771IU | Vitamin C: 78mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 6mg