Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce


May 15, 2011 by Sara Kreidler

I had a gyro for the first time a few months ago at Salonika and it changed my life.  Now I crave gyros all the time.  So when I stumbled upon a gyro meatball recipe at Simply Recipes, I had to try to make my own.

I had a good bit of leftover tzatziki sauce, which I enjoyed spread on pita and topped with sliced tomatoes and cucumbers for lunch the next day.

Adapted from Simply RecipesFood Network, and All Recipes


  • 16 ounces plain greek yogurt
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, and minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • Juice of ½ of 1 lemon
  • 10 mint leaves, minced
  • Pita bread
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried marjoram
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried ground rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Sliced tomato
  • Sliced onion
  • Crumbled feta


  1. To make the tzatziki sauce, place the minced cucumber in a clean tea towel and squeeze over sink to remove as much liquid as possible.  In a medium mixing bowl, combine the yogurt, cucumber, salt, garlic, lemon juice and mint.  Let stand in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before use.
  2. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.  Wrap pita bread in aluminum foil and warm in the oven for 15 minutes.
  3. Combine the onion, lamb and spices in a medium bowl and mix thoroughly by hand until onion and spices are well incorporated into the meat.  Scoop meat out by tablespoons and roll into meatballs.
  4. Heat olive oil in a large cast iron pan over medium high flame.  Brown meatballs on all sides until cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes.
  5. Serve meatballs on warm pita with sliced tomato, thinly sliced onion, crumbled feta cheese, and tzatziki sauce.

One thought on “Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce

  1. […] originally posted a recipe for gyros with tzatziki sauce back in May.  I revisited the recipe last night and made some tweaks.  The recipe from May was for gyro […]

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