SUBSTITUTE Sam Vokes broke his old club’s hearts with a towering late header to earn the Clarets a hard-earned point on their return to the Championship.
The Clarets were given a stern test of their credentials by the Yorkshire side, starting a new era under Uwe Rosler.
And Sean Dyche’s men were up against it when Leeds opened the scoring seven minutes from time through a sensational strike from sub Mirco Antenucci.
But the resilience that has been a hallmark of the Clarets in recent seasons was again in evidence as they responded immediately through Vokes to earn a share of the spoils.
Goalkeeper Tom Heaton was named as the new club captain hours before kick off - and took his place in a side that included competitive debuts for summer signings Tendayi Darikwa and Jelle Vossen.
And as Leeds predictably looked to spring from the traps, the Clarets were thankful to the skipper for a fantastic save in the eighth minute.
Chris Wood miskicked with an acrobatic attempt from a clipped cross and new signing Stuart Dallas met the loose ball with a fierce drive that Heaton somehow turned onto the underside of the bar with an outstretched leg.
The Clarets had earlier seen a early penalty appeal turned down when Lukas Jutkiewicz appeared to be manhandled in the area by Charlie Taylor.
There was another firm but fruitless shout on the quarter hour, when Vossen found Jutkiewicz with a ball over the top and the striker’s flick struck Guiseppe Bellusci’s arm in the box.
And from Burnley’s first opening of the game, as the half hour approached and the visitors settled, Jutkiewicz was again heavily involved – this time teeing up Michael Kightly for the winger to prod the ball across goal and just wide.
Moments later, Vossen was inches away with a volley stabbed into the ground that keeper Marco Silvestri, who had fumbled a corner straight to the striker’s feet, was thankful to fingertip just wide.
And as Burnley suddenly ended the half posing the bigger threat, the Leeds keeper was alert to turn away Jutkiewicz’s near post attempt following more good work from Kightly.
The second half began far more evenly, but Leeds perhaps should have opened the scoring just before the hour mark.
Sam Byram’s ball in from the right broke to the unmarked Alex Mowatt on the edge of the box, but the midfielder dragged his shot wide with just Heaton to beat.
Wood then blazed over as Leeds looked to crank up the pressure.
And as Burnley looked to regain a foothold, there was a double substitution with 20 minutes remaining; Vokes and Sordell replacing Jutkiewicz and Vossen.
But it was the Whites’ own sub, Antenucci, who struck first with a sublime curling effort from the corner of the box to open the scoring.
Elland Road erupted, but almost immediately fell silent as Boyd fed Darikwa for a peach of a cross that Vokes met with a bullet header to have the final say.
BURNLEY: Heaton, Darikwa, Duff, Keane, Mee, Kightly (Taylor 89), Jones, Arfield, Boyd, Vossen (Sordell 70), Jutkiewicz (Vokes 70)
Subs: Ward, Dummigan, Anderson, Gilks
Booked: Arfield 56, Kightly 81
LEEDS:Silvestri, Byram, Bamba, Bellusci, Wood, Mowatt (Doukara 89), Dallas, (Antenucci 70) Taylor, Cook (Wootton 89), Adeyemi, Berardi.
Subs: Cooper, Erwin, Turnbull, Phillips
Booked: Bamba 9
Ref: K Friend