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


  • 1 cup (8 ounces) plain yogurt
  • 1/3 cup chopped seeded cucumber
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 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 (calculated without salt): 357 calories, 16g fat (6g saturated fat), 78mg cholesterol, 257mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 26g protein.


  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

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hkarow9713 User ID: 7604678 263178
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2017

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

sgronholz User ID: 1473861 262056
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7400465 261973
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8591372 261874
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2017

"Very good. I will definitely fix again."

greatwithoutgluten User ID: 6330173 238777
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."

klossg User ID: 7921456 69186
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2014

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

HoMiPa User ID: 6718919 72651
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........"

HoMiPa User ID: 6718919 26539
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2013

"deleting duplicate"

HoMiPa User ID: 6718919 74464
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2013

"deleting duplicate"

momtomatt User ID: 1197551 76965
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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