I am pretty sure the Smash Burger Tortillas craze has died down on social media but we are still making them regularly.  Having tried a few different kinds of meat we enjoy ground lamb the most. Topped with homemade tzatziki, a quick tomato salad with some red onions and fresh herbs and a squeeze of fresh lime, this is casual weekend food at its best. The tortilla is crispy on the edges, the meat juicy and the toppings fresh and crunchy. Bonus of course is that it’s so easy and quick to make.

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The Smash Burger Tortillas are reminiscent of a classic Iraqi dish called Lahm Bi Ajeen which literally translates to “meat on dough” (there is also a similar Turkish dish named Lahmacun). Iraqis make the dough from scratch whereas this recipe uses a tortilla or any wrap you enjoy as the “dough”.

I season the lamb with salt, black pepper, cumin, chilli flakes (optional) and dried oregano. The first time I made it I added chopped onions and herbs to the meat but find that they just burn so omitted them since. I add those flavours to the salad. Make sure you press the meat well into the tortilla so that it does not peel off the tortilla when cooking also making sure the meat is not too thick. Then pop them on a medium hot pan and cook meat side down until the meat is just cooked. Top with the tzatziki and fresh salad or any other toppings of your choice and enjoy!

I hope you enjoy this recipe for Smash Burger Tortillas. Remember to follow and share your pics with me on Instagram.

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Smash Burger Tortillas


  • 250 g ground lamb or beef
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 heaped tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp sea salt flakes
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes optional
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 medium tortilla wraps
  • To serve
  • tzatziki cucumber and yogurt dip
  • chopped tomato salad with red onion and parsley
  • fresh mint to garnish
  • lime wedges to garnish


  • Mix the lamb and seasonings with a fork
  • Divide the ground lamb in 6 portions
  • Using your fingers and press each portion of lamb mixture onto a tortilla, leaving an approximate 1cm border
  • Place the tortilla meat side down on a medium hot pan and cook until the meat is cooked
  • Remove from the pan
  • Serve the tortillas topped with some tzatziki, salad and fresh mint and a squeeze of lime
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