Gyros! Bet you thought you needed a rotisserie.

January 5th, 2009 by katie

So for my first official dinner of the New Year (yeah, I know it’s the 5th) I wanted something that was not a million calories but still a good, flavorful family meal. Of course Mediterranean food always fits the bill when looking for a light meal with a flavor punch. Gyros are one of our favorite weeknight meals. The entire prep and cook time is less than 15 min but they are delicious and fun and guests are always impressed when we make these. You can serve with a greek salad and fries if you want to stretch it.


serves 4-6, prep 5 min, cook 10 min, adapted from Recipezaar
  • 1 lb ground lamb or chuck
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp black pepper
  • tzatziki
  • flat bread or pita
  • tomatoes, red onions, cucumbers, lettuce as desired
  1. Prepare tzatziki, hopefully earlier in the day or the night before but
  2. In a bowl, combine meat and spices.
  3. Form into patties and place on a baking sheet.
  4. Broil patties for 8-10 min or until cooked through.
  5. Slice patties thinly and serve over flatbread with tzatziki, tomatoes, and onions. Some might like thin cucumber slices or lettuce.

I wrap the pitas in foil and put them in the bottom of the oven while the meat is cooking so they are warm and soft when it comes out. This is a good family meal because, like taco night, each meal is customizable for picky kids or guests.

Oh yeah, and Happy New Year!

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11 Responses

  1. noble pig

    The dinner sounds perfect but the picture is beautiful! Happy New Year!

  2. Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary

    What a perfect dinner! I love Gyros! I just might have to make these!

  3. Kay

    Photo looks gorgeous and what a beautiful, happy baby! If you like gyros, I have a special gyros spice mix recipe in my foodblog you might be interested in.

  4. Michele

    I’ve been making Alton Brown’s version of gyro meat for several years. Everyone is always surprised that we make the meat at home.
    What a beautiful picture…that has to be the happiest baby ever!

  5. cheryl

    Wow, I love gyros but would never have thought to make them at home. Your photos are lovely, and your baby delicious, too.

  6. Melissa

    Oh my. I go back and forth on the baby thing, but that picture… damn Katie, could you have a cuter child???

    And not that the gyro thing isn’t good, but even better, thanks for reminding me of tacos – I just figured out what I’m using my leftover roast chicken for!

  7. Frank

    Sounds like a good meal!

    Also, thanks for the pic!

  8. RecipeGirl

    Cute pic!

    This sounds wonderful. We have Greek takeout just a mile away, but it would be fun to make them homemade!

  9. sweetbird

    I loooove gyros.

    I want these.

  10. Tony

    happy new year to you too, Katie!! I wish you all the best for 2009!
    ps. your gyro looks fantastic! I never thought of making it at home before 🙂

  11. Julia

    This sounds like a wonderful way to make non-greasy gyros at home. I can’t wait to try them!

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