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Lamb Arayes Lebanese Stuffed Pita

Lamb arayes are delicious Lebanese stuffed pitas with herby, spiced mince that are grilled & baked so they are juicy inside & crispy outside.

Cooking this dish takes around 20-25 minutes and preparation takes around 15 minutes, but you can make the meat mix in advance and stuff and cook them whenever you are ready.

Minced lamb arayes stuffed pita breads served with batata harra.

Lamb Stuffed Pita Bread

Sometimes you stumble up a recipe that just makes you go phwoar… I want some of that!

These lamb stuffed arayes were one of those recipes for me, I caught them on a TV show when I was flicking through the channels and they have been a bit obsessed ever since.

They are gloriously simple, they are essentially pita bread stuffed with minced meat, spices and herbs that are grilled until crispy outside and filled with juicy meat!

I played around with loads of flavours as the filling and pretty much arrived at the conclusion that you can’t really go wrong. Think of complementary Middle Eastern flavours mix them together and your job is one.

The flavours that I used in mine were lifted pretty much directly from my lamb kofta recipe.

Onion, parsley and garlic do all the heavy lifting and the highlights are provided by sumac, cumin, allspice and coriander.

Cooking them is so easy, chuck them in a griddle pan, get some nice griddle marks, and then transfer them to the oven until golden.

What are you waiting for, get stuck in they will be the best sandwich that you eat this week!

Close-up herby minced lamb stuffed and grilled pita breads.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use minced beef or chicken?

Yes absolutely, but I would recommend changing up the spicing of the meat a little so that it fits with the meat a little better.

My flavours are unashamedly designed to compliment lamb, but you could go with zaatar, cumin and coriander if you are cooking with beef. They are the same flavours that I use in my beef kofta recipe.

If I were making chicken or turkey arayes I would again look at coriander and use baharat spice blend and maybe add a little chilli to liven things up.

Do I have to grill the pitas before baking?

No, you can just throw them in the oven, but getting some griddle marks on there adds a little more flavour and texture.

Can I make this in advance?

I personally do not think that Arayes reheat particularly well. But you can make the stuffing in advance, it’s actually better when rested, and then stuff and cook just before you are ready to cook.

Can I cook Arayes on the BBQ?

Yes, and they are even better than cooking them in the oven!

Set up your BBQ with direct and indirect heat zones and get it nice and hot. Get some nice grill marks on the direct heat then transfer them to the indirect heat for 6-10 minutes.

Overhead minced lamb arayes stuffed pita breads served with batata harra and yoghurt dip.

Serving Suggestions

These lamb-stuffed arayes are a wonderfully versatile meal you could stick a salad on the side and call them lunch or go to town and make a more substantial meal.

If I were to add a salad, I would go with something like the Lebanese malfouf cabbage salad.

A tabbouleh salad or chickpea balela salad would make a slightly heartier offering but still not be too heavy.

If I wanted to bulk it out then you could add potatoes as a side. I serve them with batata harra in these pictures, a wonderful Lebanese potato dish.

Finally, I would add a dip. Here I have mixed 150g of yoghurt with a pinch of salt and a tablespoon or two of pomegranate molasses.

It is delicious and works so well with both the arayes and the potatoes!

Close-up minced lamb meat arayes or stuffed pita breads.

Equipment Used

I only name-check brands of equipment if I think that they make a material difference to a recipe. But if you have any questions feel free to ask them in the comments section below the recipe.

  • Stovetop.
  • Oven.
  • Griddle pan (optional).
  • Mixing bowl.
  • Chopping board.
  • Kitchen knife.
  • Grater.
  • Weighing scales and or measuring cups and spoons.
Lebanese minced lamb arayes stuffed pita breads.
Yield: 2 Servings

Lebanese Lamb Arayes Recipe or Stuffed Pita

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Arayes are a Lebanese grilled stuffed pita bread "sandwich", my version fills them with minced lamb, loads of parsley, sumac, coriander, cumin and allspice.


  • 3 Pita Breads
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil

For the Filling:

  • 250g (9oz) Minced Lamb
  • 100g (1 Small-medium) Red Onion
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 60g (½ Cup) Chopped Parsley
  • ½ Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Sumac
  • 1 Tsp Smoked Paprika
  • ½ Tsp Ground Coriander
  • ¼ Tsp Ground Cumin
  • ⅛ Tsp Ground Allspice
  • ⅛ Tsp Ground Cinnamon


  1. Peel and grate the red onion, then squeeze out as much moisture as you can, then place it in a bowl with the lamb.
  2. Peel and mash the garlic cloves and add them to the lamb mix.
  3. Chop the parsley as finely as you can and add it to the lamb.
  4. Add the salt, sumac, smoked paprika, ground coriander, cumin, allspice and cinnamon, then get in with your hands and mix it all together. Then leave it to stand for as long as you can, this is superb made the day before but if you have no time, don't worry it will still taste great!
  5. Heat a griddle pan over a medium-high heat.
  6. Slit the top of the pita breads and then split the meat mix into three and stoff the pitas pressing them down to create a single flat layer.
  7. Brush the pitas with the olive oil then place them in the griddle pan to get some nice grill marks.
  8. Transfer the arayes to a cooling rack over a baking tray and bake for 8-10 minutes at 220°C or 430°F.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 777Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 126mgSodium: 1237mgCarbohydrates: 72gFiber: 4gSugar: 18gProtein: 45g

Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

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Marcia Hill

Monday 4th of September 2023

This was best thing I've eaten, after all the prepping is done its easy as 1,2,3 & I served it with the batata potatoes. Fab-u-lous 👌 x

Brian Jones

Thursday 7th of September 2023

So glad you enjoyed it Marcia, thanks for taking the time to comment, it really does make a difference to those coming to visit later :D

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