Beef Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce

A gyro is a Greek sandwich made of thin slices of roasted meat, served on pita bread with a cucumber-yogurt sauce. In this recipe, lean ground beef is seasoned with oregano and marjoram, pressed into a loaf pan, baked and thinly sliced to fill the pita.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 15 mins
8 servings


Tzatziki Sauce

  • 1/2 of a 6-ounce carton plain fat-free Greek yogurt

  • ½ cup shredded, seeded cucumber

  • 1 ½ teaspoons red wine vinegar

  • 1 ½ teaspoons snipped fresh dill

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Beef Gyros

  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • 1 pound lean ground beef (95% lean)

  • 1 egg

  • ¼ cup dry whole-wheat bread crumbs

  • 4 teaspoons dried oregano, crushed

  • 2 teaspoons dried marjoram, crushed

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

  • 8 low-carb pita bread rounds

  • 3 medium roma tomatoes, sliced

  • ½ cup thinly sliced cucumber

  • ¼ cup thinly sliced red onion

  • ½ cup crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese (2 ounces)


  1. Prepare Tzatziki Sauce: In a small bowl stir together Greek yogurt, cucumber, red wine vinegar, dill, minced garlic and salt. Cover and chill up to 4 hours until ready to serve.

  2. Prepare Beef Gyros: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a 9x5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper; coat paper with cooking spray.

  3. In a food processor combine the 1 cup onion and the water; cover and process until smooth. Press pureed onion through a fine-mesh sieve to remove excess liquid; discard liquid. Return onion to food processor. Add the ground beef, egg, bread crumbs, oregano, marjoram, garlic, salt and pepper). Cover and process until mixture forms a paste.

  4. Lightly press meat mixture into prepared loaf pan. Place loaf pan in a 13x9-inch baking pan. Pour enough boiling water into baking pan to reach halfway up sides of loaf pan. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until done (160 degrees F) (see Tip). Drain off fat. Cool 10 minutes. Remove; cut into slices about 1/4-inch thick.

  5. Fill pita bread with meat, tomato, cucumber and red onion slices; top with cheese. Serve with Tzatziki Sauce.


Tip: The meat may appear a bit pink after baking. So be sure to use an instant-read thermometer to measure the doneness.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

206 Calories
7g Fat
19g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 1 sandwich
Calories 206
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 24g 47%
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 64mg 21%
Vitamin A 490IU 10%
Vitamin C 9mg 10%
Folate 21mcg 5%
Sodium 610mg 27%
Calcium 116mg 9%
Iron 3mg 19%
Magnesium 27mg 6%
Potassium 398mg 8%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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