Ground Turkey Gyros

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Ground Turkey Gyros

Adapted from a Website

After travelling to Greece, I became obsessed with Greek food. We never actually tried gyros but it is definitely a staple in the Greek cuisine. This version is “healthified” by using grilled or broiled burgers instead of the typical roasted döner-like meat. They were a huge success at home and I hope you enjoy them as well.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey (or you can replace with beef or lamb)
  • 1½ tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 4 pita breads
  • 3 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 large tomato, chopped

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, combine the ground turkey and seasonings.
  2. Mix well.
  3. Shape into 4 patties.
  4. Grill, covered (or you can use a toaster oven or broiler instead) over medium to high heat for 10 to 12 minutes until meat is no longer pink, turning once.
  5. Cut patties into thin slices.
  6. Stuff into pitas.
  7. Ad lettuce and tomato.
  8. Serve with yogurt sauce, if desired (recipe below).

Ground Turkey Gyros wrapped

 

Yogurt Sauce (Tzatziki)

Ingredients:

  • 1 (8 oz.) container of plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup copped seeded cucumber
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped onions
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp sugar

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, combine the ingredients.
  2. Cover and refrigerate while you prepare the gyros.

 

Comments: As part of the seasoning you may also choose to add garlic and onion powder. I suggest you heat the pitas before stuffing them with the meat so that everything is warm. You can also maintain some of the heat by wrapping the gyros with aluminum foil. Another alternative to the tzatziki sauce is mixing Greek yogurt with some olive oil and lemon juice. The acidity from the yogurt sauce gives the gyros a boost a flavor. You may also try topping your gyros with some Greek cheese like feta or myzithra. This is a really easy and quick recipe.

Yogurt, oil and lemon sauce

Yogurt, oil and lemon sauce

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