I love this recipe. I know it may sound weird, but we like Ken's Creamy Cesar dressing on the Gyros. I found that using a serrated knife keeps the meat from falling apart. (I carefully cut--similar to cutting bread.) I also make Olga Bread like others have suggested.
What a nice change of pace from hamburgers! My entire family enjoyed this meal. I took the advice of other reviewers and prepared the sauce and the meat a few hours in advance so the flavors were enhanced. I think I may try this recipe with boneless chicken breasts!
Was very good. I made the tzatzki and beef mixture 4 hours prior to eating to let the flavors meld. I also doubled the spices in the meat. Was very good. SO refused to eat the tzatzki, which irritated me to no end as it really makes the dish......oh well was SO's loss and my gain!! Make sure to really WORK the meat and compress tightly to ensure it slices cleanly. ENJOY!!
Loved this. Such a great change of pace for my family...totally going into the rotation. Just make sure you make the sauce as far ahead of time as you can. Then it really doesn't need lemon juice or other adjustments...just time in the fridge for the flavors to develop. I made individual pita size patties and broiled them in the oven for the meat portion. It worked wonderfully and my whole family enjoyed it.
Perfect, easy dinner when you're wondering what to make with ground beef. I put the mix of spices and salt in the coffee grinder, adding also a little coriander seed, then worked that into the ground beef with a little olive oil, though I didn't have time to marinate it. I made one large flat patty and grilled it under the broiler in the oven, both sides, then cut it in thin slices. The taste is perfectly like take out gyros!! I did skip the sugar in the yogourt - it really doesn't need anything else to be FABULOUS.
This was a hit! Thanks. Although I used a different recipe for the tzatziki, the meat turned out great and really tasted authentic :D
OMG I love Gyros I am so glad I found this recipe I have not made it yet (we are having it tonight) but I will let you know how it goes over here.
I used ground veal. Yummy!!! It smells and taste just like the Gyros from my favorite greek restaurant. I am so glad I tried your recipe! This recipe is a keeper! Thank you very much for posting.
This is definitely a keeper. I used a whole cucumber (peeled and seeded) for the sauce and 8oz of sour cream instead of yogurt. I kept everything else in the sauce the same. The sour cream made it slightly too thick, so I sprinkled it sparsely with salt a few times to help draw some liquid out of the cucumbers, helping to make it a little thinner. This was perfect. I also added a few dashes of pepper to the sauce. I kept everything exactly the same for the meat patties, but I used naan from the bakery instead of pitas (next time I want to make my own naan for this). After the patties were grilled and sliced, I laid a slice (piece?) on naan on my pannini press and layered meat and thinly sliced onions on it. I put on the top naan layer and closed the press for a few minutes. After removing from the press, I added the sauce, tomatoes and lettuce between the naan and closed it back up. My husband and I lived lived in Germany for a few years and there were kabab (gyro) stands on every street corner. We fell in love with them there, and this is so close to the taste we remember. Fantastic!
My family and I loved this recipe! Although we did find the Tzatiki sauce to be to sweet and it didn't have enough cucumbers. The meat tasted EXACTLY like the lamb gyros we get from our local restaurant! Thanks for posting this recipe!!!!! We also think that the meat would make great hamburger patties.