Lahmacun Turkish Pizza (Armenian Lahmajun) Recipe

Easy Lahmacun (Lahmajun) Recipe – Tasty Turkish and Armenian-style pizzas are simple to make with flavorful ground beef and spiced tomato base. They’re a great dairy-free option for your next pizza party!

Top view Turkish pizza with chopped parsley and lemons.

What is Turkish Style Pizza?

Lahmachun – also known as lahmajun or lahmajoun – is a unique Middle eastern street food, popular in both Turkey and Armenia. This cheese-less “pizza” for lack of a better description, is a thin piece of round bread baked with a layer of ground meat and spices spread over the top.

Our easy Turkish Pizza recipe can be made with fresh or frozen (and thawed) pizza dough in just over 30 minutes from start to finish. And it’s perfect to customize with your favorite extra toppings… Lahmajun is a dairy-free snack you can enjoy as-is, or with a fresh chopped middle-eastern salad over the top!

Three small pizzas topped with lemon wedge garnishes.

Ingredients Needed

  • Frozen and thawed or fresh pizza dough – store-bought or homemade
  • Ground beef – or ground lamb
  • Bell pepper – seeded and chopped
  • Onion – chopped
  • Garlic – peeled
  • Tomato paste
  • Parsley – chopped
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Anchovy paste
  • Spices – smoked paprika, ground cumin, salt, and crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

Plus traditional garnishes like extra parsley, mint, and lemon wedges.

Cheater Hack: Although freshly baked dough tastes best, you can make a quicker version of this traditional Armenian pizza recipe by using large flour tortillas as the base.

Ball of fresh dough wrapped in plastic.

How to Make Lahmajun

Preheat the oven to 475°F. Set out several large baking sheets and a food processor.

In the food processor, combine the ground beef, bell pepper, onion, garlic, tomato paste, parsley, mint leaves, anchovy paste, paprika, cumin, and salt.

Food processor with ingredients before being pureed.

Purée until very smooth.

Pureed lahmacun topping mixture.

Cut each 1-pound dough ball into 8 equal pieces. Flour a clean work surface and roll each dough ball out into a thin 8 to 9-inch circle, 16 pieces total.

Note: Some people find it’s easier to stretch them out, rather than roll them. Use whichever method you prefer!

Oval of dough stretched out.

Use a 1/3 measuring cup to portion the meat mixture out onto the thin pizza dough circles. Gently spread the meat mixture out into an even layer. Then sprinkle with a scant amount of crushed red pepper.

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Hand stretching oval of pizza dough topped with spiced beef mixture.

Move each pizza to a baking sheet and re-stretch if needed. You may be able to place two or three pieces on one baking sheet at a time.

Bake on the lowest rack for 7 to 9 minutes until the lahmacun edges are golden brown and the center is firm.

Repeat with the remaining pizzas.

3 baked lahmajun in a line.

Serving Suggestions

Serve lahmacun warm or at room temperature with a sprinkling of parsley or mint and a lemon wedge.

You can also serve Turkish pizza as a complete meal on a single edible plate – simply add a Middle Eastern style chopped salad with fresh parsley, onion, and tomato on top!

Close view two lahmajoun on a board.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you make Lahmucan without pizza dough?

You can make an even quicker version by using large flour tortillas as the base. Bake them for 5 to 7 minutes at 475°F.

Can this recipe be halved?

Absolutely! This lahmajun recipe makes 8 small pizzas for a total of roughly 16 servings; simply halve the recipe for 6-8 generous servings.

What other toppings can be put on top of Turkish pizza?

You can swap ground beef for ground lamb to make a more traditional lahmajoun.

This recipe is cheese-less, but feel free to add a sprinkling of shredded mozzarella or crumbled feta onto the pizza before baking.

Really, you can include just about any of your favorite ‘za toppings!

How do you make vegetarian Lahmucan?

Substitute ground beef with your favorite ground meat replacement, like Beyond Beef.

How long do leftovers last?

Leftover Armenian pizza will keep well for up to 3 days. Wrap in plastic or store in an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator.

Top view three small Turkish Armenian pizzas.

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Lahmacun Turkish Pizza (Armenian Lahmajun)

Tasty Turkish and Armenian-style pizzas are simple to make with a flavorful ground beef and spiced tomato base. They’re a great dairy-free option for your next pizza party!

Servings: 16 servings

  • 2 pounds fresh pizza dough or frozen dough balls, thawed
  • 1 pound ground beef or lamb
  • 1 green bell pepper seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • ¼ cup fresh chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves
  • 2 teaspoons anchovy paste
  • 2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Crushed red pepper optional
  • Garnish: extra parsley mint, and lemon wedges.
  • Preheat the oven to 475°F. Set out several large baking sheets and a food processor.

  • In the food processor, combine the ground beef, bell pepper, onion, garlic, tomato paste, parsley, mint leaves, anchovy paste, paprika, cumin, and salt. Purée until very smooth.

  • Cut each 1-pound dough ball into 8 equal pieces. Flour a clean work surface and roll each dough ball out into a thin 8 to 9 inch circle, 16 pieces total. (Some people find it’s easier to stretch them out, rather than roll them.)

  • Use a 1/3 measuring cup to portion the meat mixture out onto the thin pizza dough circles. Gently spread the meat mixture out into an even layer. Then sprinkle with a scant amount of crushed red pepper.

  • Move each pizza to a baking sheet and re-stretch if needed. You may be able to place two or three pieces on one baking sheet at a time.

  • Bake on the lowest rack for 7 to 9 minutes until the edges are golden brown and the center is firm. Repeat with the remaining pizzas.

  • Serve warm or at room temperature with a sprinkling of parsley and a lemon wedge. You can also serve as a complete meal with a fresh Middle Eastern style salad on top.

  • Half the recipe if you like.
  • In a hurry? You can swap the pizza dough for large flour tortillas. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Leftover Armenian pizza will keep well for up to 3 days. Wrap in plastic or store in an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator.

Serving: 1pc, Calories: 226kcal, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 21mg, Sodium: 647mg, Potassium: 185mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 547IU, Vitamin C: 13mg, Calcium: 17mg, Iron: 3mg

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