Lahmacun, also known as Turkish pizza, is a thin, crispy flatbread that is topped with a mixture of minced meat, vegetables, and spices. This dish is a popular street food in Istanbul and is a quick and convenient way to sample the flavors of Turkish cuisine. With its simple ingredients and easy preparation, making lahmacun at home is a great way to bring the flavors of Istanbul into your own kitchen.


  • 1/2 pound ground beef or lamb
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 1 medium tomato, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4-6 rounds of store-bought or homemade pizza dough


  1. Preheat your oven to 500°F (260°C) and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the ground beef or lamb, minced onion, tomato, garlic, tomato paste, oregano, basil, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
  3. Roll out each round of pizza dough on a lightly floured surface to about 1/16 inch thickness.
  4. Spoon a portion of the meat mixture onto each round of dough, spreading it evenly and leaving a small border around the edges.
  5. Transfer the lahmacun to the prepared baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges are crispy and the meat is fully cooked.
  6. Serve the lahmacun hot, topped with your favorite toppings such as lettuce, parsley, or lemon wedges.

Making lahmacun at home is a fun and easy way to experience the flavors of Turkish cuisine. With its thin, crispy crust and delicious toppings, this dish is sure to be a hit with your family and friends. Whether you prefer it on its own or topped with your favorite ingredients, lahmacun is a versatile and delicious dish that can be enjoyed any time. So why not give this easy and homemade recipe a try today?