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close up of a turkish piza lahmacun topped with herbs, tomatoes, onions, lemon slices and feta cheese

Turkish Pizza Lahmacun

This Spicy, Crispy Turkish Pizza, called 'Lahmacun' is a famous Turkish street food that can be made at home easily. Picture it as a flavor-packed crispy flatbread topped with beef,  fresh mint, red onions and lemon juice.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean, Turkish
Keyword lahmacun, Lahmacun recipe, Turkish pizza
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 738 kcal
Author Mahy


  • 1 batch of the best pizza dough or no-knead over-night pizza dough
  • 1 small red onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 large tomato
  • 2 tablespoons tomatoes paste
  • 1 tablespoon tahini paste
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon sumac spice
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme or oregano leaves
  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef or lamb
  • 2 teaspoons sumac for serving
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves for serving
  • 1 red onion, sliced for serving
  • Tomatoes , feta cheese, cucumbers, jalapeño peppers and any extra toppings you like


  1. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. Make the pizza dough using this recipe or take store-bought out of the fridge.

  2. Roll out the pizza doughs to about 1/8th of an inch thick and place each on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  3. In a food processor, pulse the onions, garlic, tomatoes, tomato paste and spices to a thick salsa consistency.
  4. Add the ground beef or lamb and pulse the mixture together until you have a paste with all ingredients blended together.
  5. Take about a cup of the meat mixture and spread it all on top of each pizza dough, distributing it evenly and pressing it down gently to make it adhere well to the dough. It doesn’t need much effort here, just a slight pressing.
  6. Bake the Turkish pizzas for about 10-15 minutes until all cooked through. Depending on your thickness and size of the pizza, you may need to bake them for up to 15 minutes. Just make sure they aren’t too crispy on the edges so that way you can still roll them int a wrap.
  7. When the pizza is done, sprinkle each with a teaspoon of sumac and a squeeze of lemon, then top with fresh mint, red onions, and any topping you like.

  8. Serve the pizza as is or roll it into a wrap.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

  • For best results, use Lamb, and always choose American Lamb!
  • I always prefer my Homemade Best Pizza Dough as a base, however store-bought works too!
  • Make sure your oven is at the right temperature to get the perfectly crispy Turkish Pizza.
  • Process your ground beef or lamb along with the marinade until smooth. This helps you smear the mixture over the dough easily.
  • Press the ground lamb mixture well in to the dough so it bakes and sticks.
  • A pizza Stone is great to use here!
  • Top your Turkish Pizza with fresh veggies and cheese to add texture, flavor and goodness!
  • Serve the Lahmacun as a pizza or roll it in to a wrap like a classic Turkish version and eat it on the go!
Nutrition Facts
Turkish Pizza Lahmacun
Amount Per Serving
Calories 738 Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Fat 39g60%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 120mg40%
Sodium 1477mg64%
Potassium 731mg21%
Carbohydrates 57g19%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 38g76%
Vitamin A 770IU15%
Vitamin C 15.5mg19%
Calcium 71mg7%
Iron 6.8mg38%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.