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Ground Beef Gyros

If your family likes gyros as much as mine, they'll love this easy version that's made with ground beef instead of lamb. I found the recipe in a newspaper and adapted it to fit our tastes. They're very much like the ones served at a local restaurant. A cucumber yogurt sauce adds an authentic finishing touch. —Ruth Stahl, Shepherd, Montana
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/3 cup chopped seeded cucumber
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • GYROS:
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 4 pita pocket halves
  • 3 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1 small onion, sliced


  • In a small bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients. Chill. In a large bowl, combine seasonings; crumble beef over mixture and mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 4 patties.
  • Grill, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 6-7 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160°. Cut patties into thin slices; stuff into pita halves. Add lettuce, tomato and onion. Serve with the yogurt sauce.
Nutrition Facts
1 gyro (calculated without salt): 357 calories, 16g fat (6g saturated fat), 78mg cholesterol, 257mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 26g protein.

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  • shannondobos
    May 24, 2020

    I was pleasantly surprised how flavorful this was for so few ingredients going in to season the beef mixture. This was AMAZING! I used sour cream instead of yogurt for the sauce as that's all I had on hand. I will definitely make again.

  • rmbarr059
    Apr 29, 2020

    This was very good. Used the broil method but had to cut down on time, still a bit overcooked. Still yummy though! I used a tzatziki recipe from food network using whole milk Greek yogurt.

  • Ann
    Apr 11, 2020

    It was delicious - and so easy to prepare. I might add a little dill to the sauce next time. Thank you!

  • foxyhottcakes
    Feb 23, 2019

    I love this quick and easy recipe. I use ground turkey because that is my preference. And I use a different tzatziki recipe from one of my favorite cookbooks. But served with pita, onions, tomato, and feta? YUM. Even better with some homemade falafel on the side.

  • hkarow9713
    Mar 7, 2017

    Outstanding! Very refreshing & easy the prepare. Will definitely make again!

  • sgronholz
    Mar 4, 2017

    My husband and I thought these gyros were great! They were very easy to prepare, a bit out of the ordinary, and something we'll definitely make again!

  • camptadmorpeppermint
    Mar 2, 2017

    My family loved the yogurt cucumber sauce. They started dipping their baby carrots and veggies! But they just thought the sandwiches were ok - they like hamburgers better :). So I will make the sauce again, but probably not the rest of the sandwiches.

  • Nana9a
    Feb 27, 2017

    Very good. I will definitely fix again.

  • greatwithoutgluten
    Dec 5, 2015

    These were good! I added lemon juice and sour cream to the sauce. I will make these again and next time try grilling them.

  • klossg
    Aug 6, 2014

    Most excellent! As good as those in the grease trucks without the lamb.