Ground Meat Gyro


I recently visited Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis. The sights, sounds and tastes are wonderful! To take home, I picked up fresh whole wheat pitas, hummus and pita chips. What a treat! When I got home I found this recipe for Turkey Gyros by Regina Marie and adapted it for our tastes. 


You could also use ground lamb or chicken. I added avocado and replaced the lettuce with red cabbage.  I’d suggest making Echo’s or Melanie’s creamy cucumber salad for the yogurt sauce. Make it these gyros your own and savor!

Ground Meat Gyros
Serves 6

  1. Creamy Cucumber Sauce (Try Creamy Cucumber Salad on Taste of Zest.)
  2. 1 pound lean ground turkey, chicken or lamb
  3. 1 medium red onion, divided in half
  4. 1 teaspoon olive oil
  5. 1 1/2 teaspoons Greek or Italian seasoning
  6. 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  7. 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
  9. 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  10. 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  11. 3 fresh pitas cut in half
  12. 2 medium chopped tomatoes
  13. 2 cups chopped cabbage or lettuce
  1. Prepare cucumber salad/sauce and refrigerate.
  2. Chop 1/2 onion and slice other half. (Set aside sliced half.)
  3. Saute onion in olive oil.
  4. Add ground meat and seasonings.
  5. Cook until meat is no longer pink.
  6. Adjust seasonings to your taste.
  7. Assemble gyro by filling pita with gyro meat (1/6 of meat), creamy cucumber sauce (2 tablespoons), cabbage or lettuce, sliced onion, and tomato.
  8. Serve with additional cucumber sauce, avocado dressed with a splash of lemon juice and olive oil, and salt and pepper. Enjoy with a Greek salad and pita chips.
  1. Variation: Add diced sun-dried tomatoes to cucumber salad/sauce and marinate in refrigerator for 1/2 hour. This works well when tomatoes are out-of-season.
  2. Gyro meat and pitas freeze well so this recipe works well for one or two people.
  3. Nutrition Per Serving without cucumber sauce: 195 calories, 8 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 16 g carbohydrate, 3 g dietary fiber, 368 mg sodium.
Adapted from Regina Marie
Adapted from Regina Marie
Taste of Zest

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