Grilled Lamb Pitas (Arayes)

Grilled Lamb Pitas (Arayes)

Grilled Lamb Pitas (Arayes) 1200 800 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Grilled Lamb Pitas are the street food of the Middle East! Scrumptious yet simple! These are savoury flatbread filled with minced lamb, spices, tomato, and onion. Lamb pitas are perfect for a quick weeknight meal that everyone will love.  It is as simple as Combine-Spread-Cook

It really doesn’t matter how you decide to cook these.  Toast them or bake them in the oven. Just remember they need to be crispy, juicy, and hot. We almost always barbecue them. This is the meal after dessert for us. Lamb pitas are enjoyed with yogurt and cucumber salad and olives of course.

As much as I love my fresh herbs, this recipe does not call for any.  My mother in law insists fresh herbs would overpower the flavour and I agree.


  • 6-8 flatbread (pocket size)
  • softened butter for spreading


  • 500 grams lamb mince
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon sumac
  • 1 tablespoon bharat/7 spice
  • 4 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • Salt to season

lamb grilled pita ingredients

Cook’s Note

*You can find Bharat -7 spice blend at Middle Eastern grocery stores and various supermarkets.  otherwise substitute with Allspice.
*You could easily toast the lamb pita in a press down toaster or cook them on the barbecue

Step 1.
Preheat oven to 180°

Combine all the filling ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Strain in a sieve for 20 minutes allowing excess liquid to drain through and for the flavours to infuse.

Step 2.
Open the pita in half and spread lightly with butter on both sides.  Fill with about 5-6 Tbs of the mince mixture, making sure to flatten it out so that the filling is evenly spread in and around the pita. Do not over-fill as the mixture will remain raw in the center.

spreading butter on both sides of the pita

spread meat mixture on one side of the pita

Step 3.
Brush both sides of the pita with butter or olive oil and arrange on a tray lined with a baking sheet (be generous with the oil/butter when brushing). Bake in preheated oven for approximately 10-15 minutes or until golden crispy on both sides and the inside is cooked through.

brush both sides with olive oil

Alternatively, you can cook these delicious pitas in a griddle pan. Here I’m using my griddle stove.

lamb pita on the grill

Serves 6

Why you will love this recipe:

 Middle Eastern Recipe
Combine – spread – cook
3 steps to make
Prepared in less than 10 minutes
Family Recipe


Sahtan – Enjoy In Good Health