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Turkish-Style Lamb Burgers with Walnut Sauce

['1 cup boiling-hot water', '1/3 cup bulgur', '3/4 teaspoon salt', '1 medium onion, quartered', '1/4 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves', '1/4 cup packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves', '1 lb ground lamb', '1/2 teaspoon paprika (not hot)', '1/4 teaspoon ground allspice', '1/4 teaspoon black pepper', '1/4 teaspoon cayenne', '1 small garlic clove', '1/8 teaspoon salt', '1/2 cup walnuts (1 1/2 oz)', '1/4 cup water', '1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice', '1/8 teaspoon cayenne', '4 (4-inch) pita loaves', '1 tablespoon olive oil', 'Paprika (not hot) for dusting', 'Garnish: fresh cilantro sprigs']

Pour boiling-hot water over bulgur with 1/2 teaspoon salt in a small bowl and soak 15 minutes, then drain in a sieve.
Mince garlic and mash to a paste with salt (1/8 teaspoon) using a large heavy knife, then transfer to a food processor and blend with remaining sauce ingredients until smooth. Transfer to a bowl.
Preheat broiler.
Pulse onion and herbs in cleaned processor until finely chopped, then transfer to a bowl and stir in bulgur, lamb, paprika, allspice, pepper, cayenne, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt until just combined. Form lamb mixture into 4 patties (4 inches in diameter).
Arrange pitas on a baking sheet. Brush with oil, then lightly dust with paprika and season with pepper. Broil on lowest rack until toasted, 1 to 3 minutes (watch to prevent burning). Keep pitas warm, loosely covered with foil, while broiling burgers.
Oil rack of a broiler pan and heat 4 inches from heat until hot, 3 to 5 minutes.
Broil burgers, turning over once, until cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes total. Serve burgers on pitas, topped with sauce.

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