Experience street food flavor made fresh and delicious right at home!  These are great for both lunch and dinner. This recipe uses ground meat. For a more traditional Greek taste, a lamb would certainly be preferred, yet beef does a fine job as well.

Greek Gyros with Tzatziki

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Category: Recipes

Cuisine: Greek

Servings: 6

Greek Gyros with Tzatziki

Experience street food flavor made fresh and delicious right at home!


  • 1 lb lean ground lamb or beef
  • 2 tsp Kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ cup grated onions
  • ¼ tsp allspice powder
  • 1 garlic clove
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  • 1 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp chopped lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp chopped mint
  • 1 tsp chopped dill
  • 1 pinch paprika
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp fresh ground black pepper


  1. In a large bowl combine the ground lamb, garlic, allspice powder, onions, salt, and pepper. Divide into four equal portions and shape into oblong thin patties. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or overnight.
  2. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of oil and fry the patties for 3-4 minutes (smaller) and 6 minutes (larger) or until they are cooked to desired doneness. Then slice into strips.
  3. Tzatziki Sauce - Peel cucumber. Use the medium side of a box grater to grate the cucumber into a bowl.
  4. Squeeze the grated cucumber to remove as much liquid as possible. Pat dry with a paper towel. Roughly chop the cucumber and transfer to a mixing bowl.
  5. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  6. Warm the pita bread, layer with meat, sliced onions, tomatoes, and lettuce. Top with tzatziki sauce and serve immediately.

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