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Yummy Gyros Recipe | Sandwiches

Yummy Gyros Recipe

Traditional Greek gyros (pronounced YEER-ohs) are made from minced lamb or beef that has been molded into a 20-pound cone and roasted on a spit. The meat is sliced, then wrapped in a pita with onions, tomatoes, and tzatziki, a cucumber sauce. Because roasting 20 pounds of meat isn't practical for most of us, we've come up with a scaled-down version that embraces the spirit of the dish.


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground lamb
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons fresh oregano or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary or 1/4 teaspoon dried
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Pita bread, cut in half to form pockets
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato, sliced
  • Red onion, thinly sliced
  • Tzatziki
  • Fresh mint leaves (optional)


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another 2 minutes. Transfer the onion mixture to a large bowl and let it cool.
  2. Add the lamb, lemon juice, oregano, rosemary, cumin, salt, and pepper to the onion mixture and mix well. Form the meat into 8 thin patties, each about 2 1/2 inches in diameter.
  3. Heat the remaining oil in the sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the lamb patties and cook for about 5 minutes or until the juices run clear, flipping the patties halfway through.
  4. Fill each pita pocket with a meat patty, lettuce, tomato, onion, tzatziki, and mint leaves, if desired. Makes 8 gyros.

Nutritional Information

Per serving (2 patties): 614 Calories, 29g Protein (57% dv), 4g Carbohydrates (1% dv), 53g Fat (82% dv), 124mg Cholesterol (41% dv), 19g Saturated Fat 96% dv), 688mg Sodium 29% dv), 0.4g Fiber (2% dv), 1g Sugars

Percent daily values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.