- 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
- 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.
- 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.
Reviews for Ground Beef Gyros
"Outstanding! Very refreshing & easy the prepare. Will definitely make again!"
"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!"
"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."
"Very good. I will definitely fix again."
"These were good! I added lemon juice and sour cream to the sauce. I will make these again and next time try grilling them."
"Most excellent! As good as those in the grease trucks without the lamb."
"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........"
"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."