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.

Source: Diabetic Living Magazine


Recipe Summary

30 mins
1 hr 15 mins


Tzatziki Sauce
Beef Gyros


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

1 sandwich
206 calories; protein 23.7g; carbohydrates 18.7g; dietary fiber 6.9g; sugars 4.1g; fat 6.7g; saturated fat 2.3g; cholesterol 63.7mg; vitamin a iu 489.9IU; vitamin c 8.6mg; folate 21.2mcg; calcium 115.7mg; iron 3.4mg; magnesium 26.9mg; potassium 398.2mg; sodium 609.5mg.

2 1/2 lean protein, 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat