A quick and easy pita sandwich recipe inspired by Greek gyros. A tasty alternative to burgers.

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Ingredients

5
Original recipe yields 5 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Scottziki Sauce
Sandwiches

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Strain the yogurt in a yogurt strainer or coffee filter for 15 minutes. Mince the cucumber, and place into a mesh strainer to drain for 15 minutes. Squeeze any excess liquid from the cucumber, then place into a small mixing bowl. Stir in the yogurt and dill. Cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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  • Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; stir in the garlic, and cook until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Set aside about 1/4 of the onion slices to use on the sandwiches, and add the remaining onion to the skillet; cook until soft, about 5 minutes more. Add the ground beef and oregano, and cook until the meat is no longer pink and is beginning to brown. Increase heat to medium-high, drain any grease from the beef, then stir in the celery, spinach, and mushrooms. Cook and stir until the celery has softened and the meat has nicely browned, about 5 minutes more.

  • To assemble the Scyros, divide the meat among the warmed pitas. Top each sandwich with some onion slices, banana pepper rings, and tomato wedges. Dollop with the Scottziki sauce to serve.

Nutrition Facts

419.8 calories; 24.8 g protein; 40.7 g carbohydrates; 58.2 mg cholesterol; 411.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (5)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
08/27/2009
I didn't think this would really taste like gyros like other review but to my surprise it really did! Family loved it and requested it for a weekly dinner. Instead of celery I used 1 tbsp of celery seed omitted mushrooms. I also added salt to sauce and used Cavendar's greek seasoning liberally to meat. Great recipe!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/20/2013
7-12-11: Pretty good but the beef didn't get browned. 8-13-12: This time I cooked the beef first then added then other stuff with about the same results. 7-19-13: For the third time not all that great. Read More
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6 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
08/27/2009
I didn't think this would really taste like gyros like other review but to my surprise it really did! Family loved it and requested it for a weekly dinner. Instead of celery I used 1 tbsp of celery seed omitted mushrooms. I also added salt to sauce and used Cavendar's greek seasoning liberally to meat. Great recipe!! Read More
(4)
Rating: 4 stars
08/27/2009
I didn't think this would really taste like gyros like other review but to my surprise it really did! Family loved it and requested it for a weekly dinner. Instead of celery I used 1 tbsp of celery seed omitted mushrooms. I also added salt to sauce and used Cavendar's greek seasoning liberally to meat. Great recipe!! Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
08/24/2009
My family and I loved this recipe. It tastes very close to the original gyro. We didn't have red peppers dill weed or yogurt on hand and it was still great. I think it will be even better when we make it again with all the ingredients. I used sour cream instead of yogurt added the cucumber and seasoned it with a little garlic salt. So even if your short on ingredients you can still make it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/22/2010
This was very good! I don't think it tasted like a traditional gyro but it was tasty. I did have to add some salt and pepper to the meat mixture. I omitted the celery but did use the optional mushroons which I thought were great in this. I actually think it could've used a little more spice like it was missing something but I can't put my finger on it. The Scottziki sauce was a little bland but I ended up adding some salt pepper garlic powder and a little sour cream to fix that. All in all we enjoyed it and I will be making these again! Thanks for sharing.:) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/08/2010
This was okay but it did not wow me. I used roasted red pepper (from a jar) instead of banana peppers but I don't think it made much difference. I used the mushrooms a lot of Greek seasoning in the meat and added some onion to the yogurt all for more flavor but it still wasn't enough. Something is missing... Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/20/2013
7-12-11: Pretty good but the beef didn't get browned. 8-13-12: This time I cooked the beef first then added then other stuff with about the same results. 7-19-13: For the third time not all that great. Read More
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