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Ground Beef Gyros Recipe

Ground Beef Gyros Recipe

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. YIELD: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

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.

Nutritional 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 .

Reviews for Ground Beef Gyros

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greatwithoutgluten
Reviewed 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."

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klossg
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2014

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

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HoMiPa
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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HoMiPa
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2013

"deleting duplicate"

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HoMiPa
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2013

"deleting duplicate"

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momtomatt
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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mocox13
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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cmberman
Reviewed May. 5, 2013

"So quick and easy and so like the real thing. I love gyros and will definitely make this again soon. P.S. Relatively inexpensive too! A real bonus!"

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Michelle.Lewandowski
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2013

"Got so tired of paying top dollar at restaurants for gyro. Finally took the dive and made this. I used iceberg lettuce as a wrap instead of the pita and premade tzaziki from Costco. It's heaven and nearly carb-free. Thanks so much. Shared with all my friends on FB.  If you lay it all out as a buffet -style meal, it makes a gorgeous platter as build-your-own gyro."

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7sophie14
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2013

"This was SO good!! My family loved it, even though they were a little nervous about trying it. Everyone had seconds. It was great."

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sheila7m
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2012

"Very easy and quick to make. Everyone in the family liked them. I used sour cream rather than yogurt in the sauce."

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heidi186
Reviewed May. 28, 2012

"Super easy recipe, very good taste. We buy pita shells from a local restaurant instead of trying to find ones that wont fall apart in a regular grocery store. I make the cucumber sauce with sour cream instead of yogurt, just as a personal preference."

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Erin Ayers
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2011

"This was very good and we loved it! We are going to be making these a few more times this summer."

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Magoo1two
Reviewed May. 25, 2011

"Quite tasty and easy to prepare."

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Magoo1two
Reviewed May. 25, 2011

"Quite tasty and easy to prepare."

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aug2295
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2011

"This was good, but not great. I thought the yogurt sauce was very authentic but the ground beef, though good, lacked that special something."

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Slow Joe
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2010

"This very good I also used 1lb Hamburger plus 1lb Ground Pork It was good."

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becky66
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2010

"Great recipe - I haven't made gyros in years, and made this recipe the other night after eating out with my daughter and she had asked me what they were (had seen them on the restaurant's menu). They were delicious, and the sauce made with yogurt was a nice light variation - I had used sour cream years ago, but would make this again. I also broiled the patties in the oven instead of grilling them, and this worked well."

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smjrks
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2010

"This is a good recipe, easy and good, I will be making it again."

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jck1954
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2010

"ILOVED IT! I USED DANON LOWFAT GREEK YOGURT INSTEAD OF JUST PLAIN YOGURT. I WILL MAKE IT MANY TIMES MORE BECAUSE I REALLY LOVED IT."

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JanessaF
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2010

"I thought this was pretty good! I actually ate 2.Fun if your kids are older and they can make their own fixings! I will definitely make this again."

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sf2130
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2009

"Very surprised. The meat does taste like gyros. We didn't bother with the patties... My 4 kids loved it."

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reneemossco
Reviewed May. 18, 2009

"added feta and sriracha sauce....very good!"

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SAHM26
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2009

"We didn't make patties, just used cooked ground beef. Also used fat free sour cream instead of the yogurt. This is a tasty recipe!"

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brenhoov
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2008

"Mom made this. Used sour cream instead of yogurt. Add more cukes and get feta cheese for topping."

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bigmo9193
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2008

"We loved this recipe. My daughter, who does not like cucumbers, thought it was great. My husband told me I could make this any time - it's a keeper!"

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blackpearls
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2008

"I admit, I went into this recipe skeptical (even though 5 star rating) that it would rival what we enjoy at sitdown Greek restaraunts. Pleasantly surprised at how authentic it tasted. Wonderful recipe."

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