Lemon-Herb Gyros Recipe

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My father developed this recipe as an alternative to traditional gyros, which are made with lamb. This version is easy and made with everyday ingredients that appeal to everyone. - Gina Mucha, Villa Park, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley or 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh oregano or 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh basil or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 pita breads, halved
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • Ranch salad dressing

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 427 calories, 15 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 74 mg cholesterol, 1142 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 33 g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add parsley and garlic; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Stir in lemon juice, broth, oregano, bouillon, basil, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Spoon about 1/3 cupful into each pita half. Add onion and tomato. Drizzle with salad dressing. Yield: 6 servings.
Team-up Lemon-Gyros and a light pasta or rice salad for a mouth-watering meal.
Originally published as Lemon-Herb Gyros in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p109

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Reviewed Jul. 28, 2013

"We had these for supper tonight, and we all thought they had a great flavor. Very easy to make, too. I used flat bread instead of pitas, because that is what I had on hand, and also included lettuce leaves."

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