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Ground Beef Gyros Recipe
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Ground Beef Gyros Recipe

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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
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (8 ounces) plain yogurt
  • 1/3 cup chopped seeded cucumber
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • FILLING:
  • 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 breads (6 inches), halved, warmed
  • 3 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1 small onion, sliced

Nutritional Facts

1 gyro with 1/3 cup sauce (calculated without salt) equals 357 calories, 16 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 78 mg cholesterol, 257 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 26 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Chill. In a large bowl, combine seasonings; crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into four patties.
  2. 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. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Ground Beef Gyros in Quick Cooking March/April 2000, p29

Nutritional Facts

1 gyro with 1/3 cup sauce (calculated without salt) equals 357 calories, 16 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 78 mg cholesterol, 257 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 26 g protein.

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.

Reviews for Ground Beef Gyros(13)

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Reviewed Sep. 19, 2013

I love lamb gyros, so thought I'd try this. I used to raise my own lamb, and still have lamb in the freezer, so I substituted hamburger for ground lamb. This was really good.  As I have lamb in the freezer, I've been pondering making a loaf of 'gyro meat' using Alton Brown's recipe/method, which I'm sure is very good.  But it requires a lot of work & time.  For me, there is no need to try attempt his recipe now, because I think this recipe is a quick, easy, delicious substitute for the real deal gyros I love. I'll be making it again, and again........

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Reviewed Sep. 18, 2013

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Reviewed Sep. 18, 2013

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Reviewed Jul. 31, 2013

My family loves these! I think they would rather eat these than regular hamburgers! I think what makes them really good is to buy authentic Greek pitas. We buy them from our local Greek restaurant. For the sauce: I used Greek yogurt, added some fresh chopped dill and finely chopped the cucumbers. We also double the filling recipe.

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Reviewed Jul. 28, 2013

A great recipe for at-home gyros. We didn't make the patties, just added the ground beef to the pitas with the other ingredients.

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