Gyros. The very word makes my mouth water.
We have had a long relationship together and I attribute that relationship to my freshman thirty in college.
I will choose a gyro over a burger any day of the week.
I have mapped out the gyro joint at almost every airport so I can indulge in one…at six in the morning or ten at night.
There seems to never be an inappropriate time for gyro eating.
Gyros are one of my favorite indulgences.
When my parents visited me at college, I did not remark on how I was doing in my classes, but instead introduced them to the power of the gyros at a local Greek restaurant that I ate at weekly on campus. Gyros are way more exciting than coursework.
I had never thought to make my gyros at home, but I have found a recipe that almost replicates my favorite food indulgence with a little ground beef on the grill. The trick to these is to allow the meat to rest for ten minutes and then cutting the meat thinly, to replicate the shaved meat goodness that makes the gyros so delicious. A good gyro has a great sauce and this one does not disappoint. Light, refreshing, and full of cucumber flavor, it rounds out the gyro with plenty of cool flavor.
Wrapped in a bread machine pita, this meal is not only homemade goodness at its very best, but it just so happens to be a frugal weeknight meal that your entire family will love. Serve as a traditional gyro or make a gyro pizza for another spin on a fun Greek classic. I hope you will enjoy them half as much as we did!
This lightened up version is something you can enjoy, relatively guilt-free, and is a fun new way to use your grill this summer. Happy gyro, eating!
- 1 (8 ounce) container plain yogurt
- ⅓ cup chopped seeded cucumber
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped onions (I did omit since we don't like onions)
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- Filling: 1 lb lean ground beef (or you can use ground turkey)
- 1½ teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¾ teaspoon pepper
- 4 pita breads (store-bought or you can try my easy bread machine pita)
- 3 cups shredded lettuce
- large tomato, chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped
- In a bowl, combine first 5 ingredients.
- Cover and refrigerate. In separate bowl, combine ground beef and seasonings. Mix well.
- Shape into 4 patties.
- Grill, covered, over medium to high heat for 10 to 12 minutes or until meat is no longer pink, turning once.
- Cut patties into thin slices.
- Stuff into pitas. Add lettuce, tomato, and onion.
- Serve with yogurt sauce.