In this easy baked kofta pita sandwich we have, flavor-packed ground lamb (or beef, if you prefer) patties, loaded on top of Greek pita with hummus spread, fresh veggies, and olives. A great weeknight option, or a make-your-own-sandwich bar for your next party! Step-by-step tutorial included.

Baked Kofta Pita Sandwich | The Mediterranean Dish. Baked ground lamb kofta patties, flavored with warm Mediterranean spices, served on Greek pita with fresh veggies and hummus spread. Make it for an easy dinner, or setup a make-your-own-sandwich bar for your next party! See it step-by-step on TheMediterraneanDish.com

The idea for this baked kofta pita sandwich came together last-minute on a day when my routine was a bit out of sorts. Without much of a plan for dinner, I decided it needed to be sandwich night.

Where the draw lies in this pita sandwich dinner is in its simplicity--everything is piled on top of a warm Greek pita. Easy, but far from plain.

The baked kofta here takes inspiration from Adana, a large city in southern Turkey. My first introduction to Adana kofta was at a small Turkish restaurant here in Atlanta, and I have gone back at least a dozen times since!  So, I finally decided to try my hand at a homemade version.

Baked Kofta Pita Sandwich | The Mediterranean Dish. Baked ground lamb kofta patties, flavored with warm Mediterranean spices, served on Greek pita with fresh veggies and hummus spread. Make it for an easy dinner, or setup a make-your-own-sandwich bar for your next party! See it step-by-step on TheMediterraneanDish.com

In Adana, what gives the kofta it's distinct flavor is a warm, persuasive spice combo of lemony ground sumac, and smoked Turkish chilies (which I sorta forged here by using red pepper flakes and smoked paprika). The spices are added in the actual lamb mixture, and also sprinkled on top later.

When it came to proper serving, I took the easy way out by having everyone fix their very own pita sandwich. Parsley and arugula; sliced fresh vegetables; and olives, all went on a large platter. Obviously hummus is my choice of sandwich spread here. I reached for two options from Sabra's new line of spreads: Sabra sea salt & cracked pepper hummus spread, and the garlic herb hummus spread. The perfect addition to this sandwich!

Baked Kofta Pita Sandwich | The Mediterranean Dish. Baked ground lamb kofta patties, flavored with warm Mediterranean spices, served on Greek pita with fresh veggies and hummus spread. Make it for an easy dinner, or setup a make-your-own-sandwich bar for your next party! See it step-by-step on TheMediterraneanDish.com

If you haven't seen them yet, you can find Sabra's new refrigerated spreads in the deli section of your supermarket. They are absolutely delicious; and they come packaged in squeezable bottles, which makes them so convenient to use on all sorts of sandwiches!

I really like wholesome Sabra spreads made with hummus as a healthier alternative to mayo. They are 75% less fat than mayo, and they use fresh ingredients and flavors.

Needless to say, our unplanned make-your-own-pita-sandwich dinner was a hit! I will be repeating it for a large party soon.

Baked Kofta Pita Sandwich | The Mediterranean Dish. Baked ground lamb kofta patties, flavored with warm Mediterranean spices, served on Greek pita with fresh veggies and hummus spread. Make it for an easy dinner, or setup a make-your-own-sandwich bar for your next party! See it step-by-step on TheMediterraneanDish.com

Step-by-step for this baked kofta pita sandwich

(scroll down for the print-friendly recipe and notes)

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the lamb, egg, bread crumbs, and garlic with the salt and the spices.

Baked Kofta Pita Sandwich | The Mediterranean Dish. Baked ground lamb kofta patties, flavored with warm Mediterranean spices, served on Greek pita with fresh veggies and hummus spread. Make it for an easy dinner, or setup a make-your-own-sandwich bar for your next party! See it step-by-step on TheMediterraneanDish.com

With clean hands, kneed together until all is well-combined.

Baked Kofta Pita Sandwich | The Mediterranean Dish. Baked ground lamb kofta patties, flavored with warm Mediterranean spices, served on Greek pita with fresh veggies and hummus spread. Make it for an easy dinner, or setup a make-your-own-sandwich bar for your next party! See it step-by-step on TheMediterraneanDish.com

Now form the lamb mixture into small balls. Push lightly to flatten the meatballs into patties and arrange them about 1 inch apart on a large baking sheet. Do not crowd the kofta patties, use two baking sheets if necessary.

Bake in the 425 degrees F heated oven for 20-25 minutes or so (make sure the kofta patties are well-browned and the center is fully done).

Baked Kofta Pita Sandwich | The Mediterranean Dish. Baked ground lamb kofta patties, flavored with warm Mediterranean spices, served on Greek pita with fresh veggies and hummus spread. Make it for an easy dinner, or setup a make-your-own-sandwich bar for your next party! See it step-by-step on TheMediterraneanDish.com

While the kofta is baking, mix together a small equal amount of the spices (sumac, red pepper flakes, and smoked paprika). Set aside for now. Prepare the Greek pita bread, Sabra hummus spreads, and the rest of the fixings.

When the kofta patties are fully baked, remove from the oven and sprinkle the spice mixture on top.

Baked Kofta Pita Sandwich | The Mediterranean Dish. Baked ground lamb kofta patties, flavored with warm Mediterranean spices, served on Greek pita with fresh veggies and hummus spread. Make it for an easy dinner, or setup a make-your-own-sandwich bar for your next party! See it step-by-step on TheMediterraneanDish.com

If you like, you can arrange the baked kofta patties, vegetables and olives on a large platter to allow everyone to make their own pita sandwich.

Baked Kofta Pita Sandwich | The Mediterranean Dish. Baked ground lamb kofta patties, flavored with warm Mediterranean spices, served on Greek pita with fresh veggies and hummus spread. Make it for an easy dinner, or setup a make-your-own-sandwich bar for your next party! See it step-by-step on TheMediterraneanDish.com

To make the pita sandwiches, spread a generous amount of the sea salt & cracked pepper Sabra hummus spread (or the garlic herb Sabra hummus spread) on the Greek pita, then top with the baby arugula and parsley.

From here, add as many baked kofta patties as you like (usually 3-4 per pita is a good amount), and your choice of fixings (I like to load up on the fresh veggies and olives; oh, and a little spicy jalapenos). Finish off with another squeeze of that delicious Sabra hummus spread!

These baked kofta pitas can be served open-faced or folded into wraps. Now wrap your face around this beauty and ENJOY!

Baked Kofta Pita Sandwich | The Mediterranean Dish. Baked ground lamb kofta patties, flavored with warm Mediterranean spices, served on Greek pita with fresh veggies and hummus spread. Make it for an easy dinner, or setup a make-your-own-sandwich bar for your next party! See it step-by-step on TheMediterraneanDish.com

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Baked Kofta Pita Sandwich | The Mediterranean Dish. Baked ground lamb kofta patties, flavored with warm Mediterranean spices, served on Greek pita with fresh veggies and hummus spread. Make it for an easy dinner, or setup a make-your-own-sandwich bar for your next party! See it step-by-step on TheMediterraneanDish.com

Baked Kofta Pita Sandwich, Turkish Style (tutorial)


Description

In this easy baked kofta pita sandwich we have, flavor-packed ground lamb (or beef, if you prefer) patties, loaded on top of Greek pita with hummus spread, fresh veggies, and olives. A great weeknight option, or a make-your-own-sandwich bar for your next party! Step-by-step tutorial included.


Ingredients

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For the Baked Kofta

  • 2 lb ground lamb or beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Β½ tsp ground sumac, more for later
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 Β½ tsp red pepper flakes, more for later
  • 1 Β½ tsp smoked paprika, more for later

For the pita sandwich fixings

  • 6 warm Greek pita or flatbread
  • Hummus, homemade or quality store-bought
  • 1 bunch fresh Italian parsley, stems removed
  • 6 oz baby arugula
  • 3 tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • 1 English cucumber, sliced into rounds
  • 1 onion, sliced into rounds or half-moons
  • Olives
  • Jalapeno peppers, optional
  • 1 Β½ tsp red pepper flakes, more for later
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika, more for later

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the lamb, egg, bread crumbs, and garlic with the salt and the spices. With clean hands, kneed together until all is well-combined.
  3. Form the lamb mixture into small balls. Push lightly to flatten the meatballs into patties and arrange them about 1 inch apart on a large baking sheet. Do not crowd the kofta patties, use two baking sheets if necessary.
  4. Bake in the 425 degrees F heated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the kofta patties are well-browned and the center is fully done.
  5. While the kofta is baking, mix together a small equal amount of the spices (sumac, red pepper flakes, and smoked paprika). Set aside for now. Prepare the Greek pita bread, Sabra hummus spreads, and the rest of the fixings. You can set everything up for a make-your-own-sandwich bar, if you like.
  6. When the kofta patties are fully baked, remove from the oven and sprinkle the spice mixture on top.
  7. To make the pita sandwiches, spread the hummus on the pita, then top with the baby arugula and parsley.
  8. From here, add as many baked kofta patties as you like (usually 3-4 per pita is a good amount), and your choice of fixings; tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, olives, and jalapeno peppers.
  9. Serve the baked kofta pita sandwiches in folded wraps or open-faced. Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Category: Entree
  • Cuisine: Turkish

Keywords: Pita sandwich, kofta sandwich recipe

By the way, the new Sabra spreads are vegan, kosher, gluten-free, and non-dairy. They contain 0g Trans Fat, 0mg Cholesterol and are made with quality ingredients. Learn more here.

*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Sabra.  All opinions are my own, and I share them here for your benefit. 

 

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  1. Hi Suzy! Your recipes are amazing but I was wondering if you have a section for air frying or maybe tips on how to do your recipes with both baking and air frying. Thank you!

  2. This sounds delicious! Thank you for the Recipe ❀️
    I have a question, do you put the spices ( sumac, paprika and chilli) in the meat mixture before baking and sprinkle after baking ? Or just a sprinkle after baking ?
    Thank you

  3. These sandwiches were banging!!! The meatballs were easy to prepare and have such a warm earthy flavor with a nice little bit of heat in the background. Delicious. I rarely get excited for leftovers, but I’m so psyched to have plenty of meatballs left for more sandwiches!
    Thanks for another great recipe Suzy! πŸ™Œ

  4. Hi my name is Nydia I was in Vegas a couple weeks ago I have a chicken pita sandwich in little place call Estambul kitchen and I love it, they have this red cabbage I think was dipped in vinegar but I’m not sure. I follow you in Instagram and Facebook can you give a recipe how to make a pita sandwiches with that red cabbage I know you know how to make that. 😊 please

    1. Hi, Nydia. Was it pickled cabbage? If so, I haven't developed a recipe for that myself yet, but appreciate the idea! I'll put it on the list :).

  5. Looks good, I have not made yet but was wondering instead of lamb, can it be sub for chicken for my non-veg family. And yes, what are the options for vegetation folks. Thanks.

  6. Would you recommend any change to the recipe - such as cooking temperature - if I were to make them in a more kebab-shape than patties, with the goal of serving them over rice and with a salad? Thanks!