This is a Greek-American lamb-and-beef burger inspired by the traditional Greek pork or lamb gyros (or gyro). Serve the burgers on warm pita bread with tzatziki sauce and thinly sliced onion, tomato, and lettuce.
This is a Greek-American lamb-and-beef burger inspired by the traditional Greek pork or lamb gyros (or gyro). Serve the burgers on warm pita bread with tzatziki sauce and thinly sliced onion, tomato, and lettuce.
Pretty goo! I made a "gyros" sauce to go with it, too -- if you really like the "gyros thing" -- I suggest making this to go with it: Mix some plain yougart, light sour cream, fresh mint, garlic salt, chopped cucumber, scallions, and tomato together. Put this over your burger. Voila! Pretty good, if I do say so myself. :)Read More
What sort of Greek restaurants are people eating at if they think this is even remotely authentic OR taste like gyros. I've NEVER had problems with 5-star recipes. If our family disagrees about it being 5-stars... it still turned out to be a decent dish (just not our thing). Please consider a different Gyro recipe. I'll report back when I've discovered a better one, but this doesn't taste like gyros at all esp. if you're spoiled and have a good restaurant near you. I'm VERY easy to please, and my husband... not so much. Either way, we both didn't want to eat this. Followed the recipe exactly and even included the sauce people recommended. FWIW, the sauce tastes better w/o blending it. Blending it makes it too thin.Read More
Pretty goo! I made a "gyros" sauce to go with it, too -- if you really like the "gyros thing" -- I suggest making this to go with it: Mix some plain yougart, light sour cream, fresh mint, garlic salt, chopped cucumber, scallions, and tomato together. Put this over your burger. Voila! Pretty good, if I do say so myself. :)
Very, very good. The spice combination is spectacular. I put the mixture into my food processor to get a firmer texture. I then shaped into a very thin loaf and broiled in the oven. Slice very thinly and serve with pita, fried in olive oil, greek olives, roasted garlic and tzatziki sauce. Great appetizer.
It was really good. I have never been able to get that same taste like they have a those Gyros stands or greek restaurants till now. thanks
these were very good. I used 1.30 # ground sirloin only. Did not have the savory. Added 1/2 tsp. dried oregano as other reviewers suggested (thank you) and fresh chopped parsley to the mix. Left out the bread crumbs because didn't use lamb which adds more liquid (oil) to the mix. Was afraid they would be too dry using ground sirloin only. They were not at all dry. Mixed it up this afternoon and let it set for a few hours for the flavors to blend. Tasted much like gyro meat. Served in warmed onion pitas w/red onion slices, diced fresh tomatoes, and tziziki sauce. Thanks LatinaCook for the photo submission, as well.
What sort of Greek restaurants are people eating at if they think this is even remotely authentic OR taste like gyros. I've NEVER had problems with 5-star recipes. If our family disagrees about it being 5-stars... it still turned out to be a decent dish (just not our thing). Please consider a different Gyro recipe. I'll report back when I've discovered a better one, but this doesn't taste like gyros at all esp. if you're spoiled and have a good restaurant near you. I'm VERY easy to please, and my husband... not so much. Either way, we both didn't want to eat this. Followed the recipe exactly and even included the sauce people recommended. FWIW, the sauce tastes better w/o blending it. Blending it makes it too thin.
Very, very good. Meat tasted just like traditional gyro meat, it just didn't look like it. Will definitely make again. Made this with the Tzatziki Sauce I recipe (plus cucumber).
added some feta
Pretty good. I couldn't find savory anywhere though. I grilled the patties on my foreman grill and i cut them in 4-5 slices each before putting them in the pita bread. (I used the tzatziki I sauce from this site and added 1/2 cucumber to it for a more authentic flavor).
Outstanding! I pretty much followed the recipe, except I used all beef and pressed some onion into the meat mixture. I also cut the patties as suggested by a previous reviewer, and served on flatbread with red onion, tomato, lettuce, and tzatziki. Yum! Thanks for the recipe!
OMG, wow!! I grew up in a greek neighborhood so I know what an authentic gyro tastes like. I was missing gyros since i moved away from the old neighborhood and came across this recipe. I mixed the meat and everything else together until well blended and instead of cooking it the way the directions told you i took a reviewers advice and shaped the meat into a loaf and baked it in the oven for about an hour. I let it cool completely and sliced it thin and served it in a pita with tzatziki sauce, tomatoes and red onion. This was fantastic!! Will definately make this again.
I will give this 5 stars since it is the best recipe I have come across and my family loved it! It was also easy. I however thought it needed something... not sure what, to make it taste like the ones from a restaurant. I will try again and experiment with this one. thx!
We made a few changes to adapt the recipe to what we had on hand but the concept was fantastic. My husband made the Gyros and said it is a keeper. It was fast and easy to make.
The whole family really loves this recipe. It has nice flavor and is a nice change of pace from your basic burger. Next time I make it though I think I will mix the spices into the meat and refrigerate for a couple of hours to let the flavors go through the meat better. I used only ground beef as we did not have lamb available and we loved them served with the suggested pitas and toppings and tazitki sauce. Thank you for a wonderful recipe.
Excellent flavor to the meat (I did increase the coriander and did not have any savory). The meat was formed into mini sausage shapes and baked in the oven at 400 for 12 minutes. After cooling a bit, they were cut lengthwise in half and put into pitas along with tzatziki sauce, red onion, tomato, cucumber, and lettuce. Totally terrific!!!
My kids loved this so much that they were asking for a repeat within the same week! The second time we made this I doubled the batch and made meatball/slider sized portions and froze for a quick and easy meal.
I made a LOAF of this meat blend and inserted the rod to my VERTICAL ROTISSERIE through it, then froze the gyros loaf solid. The next day, Placed the loaf on the rotisserie, and let it cook. Prepped the flat bread, the sauce, crumbled feta cheese, sliced my onions and olives. An hour later, the gyros loaf was done, and we sliced it right off the spit, onto our bread....and let me tell you, the whole family was thrilled. It tasted EXACTLY like the gyros we had been paying 7.50ea for at our local Greek eatery. Thank you from all of us...
I didn't want to make burgers, wanted more traditional Gyros so I used this recipe but the method from "Traditional Gyro Meat" to prepare the meat.It was really really yummy!!!Great blend of spices!!I just used about 1/8-1/4 cup of bread crumbs instead of toasting bread and making them.
This recipe was awesome...I used 1/2 cup of seasoned bread crumbs instead of the toast and it was awesome. I served it on warm pita with cucumber sauce, lettuce tomatoes and onions....yummmmm
These are fantastic. After grilling, cut the patties into strips before putting into the pita... yummy! Use the Tzatziki Sauce I recipe from this site for topping.
I think the photo and title are a bit misleading -- when you flatten the patties to 1/8-1/4 inch thin, you definitely don't get a burger experience (which is a good thing!). This was so good, but I would add a bit more of all the spices to get the "gyro" flavor. Also, grilling can make it a bit dry, but not sure how to avoid that -- I loved it anyway. Added thinly sliced dill pickles, tomatoes and lettuce with homemade tzatziki sauce from this site.
These were awesome!! They actually tasted like Gyros. I completely forgot to put the grated onion in and did not have savory so I substituted Thyme but it was still delicious. I served them in pita pockets with lettuce, tomato, feta and tzatziki. I will definitly be making these again!
I made this last night for dinner and my husband and I both loved it. I made the burgers oblong to fit on the pita and served it with tzatziki, red onion, tomato and cucumber. I also made a side of Greek Potato Salad and the two complemented each other very well. I will be making this again! Thank you for a wonderful recipe.
Thespices and combination of lamb and beef made these taste almost like our Greek Community Tarpon Spring's finest. Making them thin is also good advice. I used a Tzatziki sauce found at this site too and served Roditis dry rose (also Greek). It was great! Thanks for saving me a trip to Tarpon Springs.
Very good. We liked it topped w/ Feta.
These were delicious. I followed the recipe exactly, with the exception of not including coriander and allspice, and the flavors were still wonderful. Would make again.
These burgers have very good flavor. The only change I made was to use bread crumbs instead of a slice of bread. I mixed everything together in the morning and let the spices blend with the meat until I cooked the burgers for dinner. I made Peppy's pita bread and cucumber yogurt sauce (both from this site) to complete the gyros. Will definitely make again.
Really tasty burgers. I didn't have Savory and subbed Thyme + a pinch of Sage. Definately going to make again!
Great recipe! Thank You!! The changes I made were out of necessity for lack of ingredience: I used all lamb; instead of savory I used oregano; instead of allspice is used 1/4 teaspoon of cinnimon. My family loved the taste. Also I made my own yogurt sauce (tsatziki) I have from a greek recipe book.
We loved this meal! We usually drive 30 minutes to nearest greek diner for gyros, now I can make at home. Delicious! Thanks
I have been wanting to make gyros for some time now. When I came upon this recipe it was simple and easy to do and they turned out very flavorful. After I grilled them I cut them in to 6 pieces and then stuffed it into the pita bread and topped with tzatziki sauce and it was very easy to eat.
These are really good! I would have loved to make them with lamb, but it is not readily available where we live so I used only beef...I actually used ground beef with only 4% fat and eliminated the bread crumbs. Since I made it into a loaf, baked it, and then sliced it, I did not have any problems with it drying out. The flavor is really great.
Maybe it's because I didn't have ground Lamb on hand, but I tried this with ground beef and these just didn't stick together. Fell apart & had to fudge them into the pitas... only to be absolutely, sadly disappointed as we were all anticipating a wonderful meal. This one's not going into my recipe box, sorry.
Made it just as stated except I was out of Garlic... used it in my Tzatzki sauce.... used garlic powder when I threw them on the grill... grilled for 3 and a half to 4 minutes on each side... yummy... it is a keeper!
This recipe was OK. We didn't feel that they tasted much like gyros at all. With that being said, we still enjoyed them. I probably will not make again unless I were to do some tweeking.
I added an egg to the recipe. My family loved this meal. We love to try new things and this was a simple twist on an everyday meal. We'll make this again and again!
Oh my god, these were so, so good. I used herbed flatbread instead of pitas, and made the Tzatziki II from this website to slather the burgers with. Top with a little tomato and feta and make some rice pilaf on the side - you'll have the perfect meal!
My hubby didn't care for these at all!
I made my own ground lamb using my KitchenAid - since I didn't have any beef or ground beef on hand, I used all lamb. Ground the lamb with some fresh parsley and onion. I didn't measure the spices out, but sprinkled the meat liberally with the spices (omitted the savory because I don't have any). I used 1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs. Used the KitchenAid to mix the meat. I made long thin "patties" and grilled them. Served with homemade Tzatziki sauce, warm pita bread, tomatoes, onion, and feta cheese. Tasty!
My family really enjoyed this recipe. I was in a hurry and had to get off to a softball game, so I mixed them before we left and that allowed the flavors to blend. I didn't have dried savory, so I used some parsley and oregano this time and they were fine. Next time I would like to have the savory to compare the flavor. I served it with Tzatziki sauce and sliced tomato. My family wants to know when we will have them again. Thanks!
Pretty good for beef gyros. A little dry but good still.
These Gyro burgers are truly wonderful. I used breadcumbs instead of actual bread...but that's really all I did differently. They taste so much like Gyros that whatever craving you have for gryos will be totally satisfied. You can use all ground beef if you like instead of half lamb and half beef. They are juicy flavorful and the spices are spot on! I cannot say enough about these. They hit the spot. Yummy yummy.
We made with ground turkey. Really delish. Nice change from standard ground beef recipes.
Not bad on its own merit, but it doesn't taste like any gyro I've ever had.
Excellent! Next time I may actually double the spices.
These are fabulous! I've made these several times already, but forgot to review. I always made these using all beef, no lamb because we don't eat it, and they are super delicious! This time I took a chance and tried to make these vegetarian, and had wonderful results. I changed the recipe to 7 servings, because I had two 14 ounce packages of Gimme Lean brand vegetarian "ground beef". I followed the recipe as written otherwise, but instead of grilling (it was raining), I added 1 Tablespoon of olive oil in a non-stick skillet and pan fryed these about 12 minutes, turning several times. These tasted just as good as using ground beef, although I will make these again with beef. I served these on warmed naan bread instead of pitas this time also. We do enjoy having this with the pitas too. Topped with romaine lettuce, tomato, red onion and Tzatziki sauce II from the site. We really love these, and make them often. Thank you for sharing this! :)
This was really good, but needed A LOT more of the spices. I think I doubled (I quit measuring) all of the dry spice except the salt..and may have added even more than that by the time it was over. I also added oregano (about 1/2 to 3/4 tsp) and an extra clove of garlic as many suggested and I'm glad I did. The only thing that may throw you if you're looking for a true "gyro" is the texture, which obviously won't be the same. Otherwise, the taste is really good...but I do suggest you SPICE IT UP!!
These were very easy to prepare. The only thing I did different was to use a whole lb of lamb with 1/2 lb of beef. My daughter who doesn't even eat burgers ate the entire sandwich. great with the yogurt cucumber sauce and a piece of romaine lettuce.
Wow--this is so darned good. Everyone raved, and they really do have a taste similar to a gyro. Try it...you'll like it!
This turns out to be a very juicy burger. My husband added 7-spice to the meat mixture and the resulting flavor was simply mouthwatering!
Amazing - definitely make again!
I made this with all lamb meat, and I think it was a bit too lamb-y. I also made some tzatsiki and hummus on the side (I'm lying, my sandwich was swimming in tzatsiki) sliced some tomatoes and lettuce, and even a bit of sliced onions covered in sumac. And they were delicious. Oh, and I used a George Foreman grill and shaped the patties like long ovals so they reached more parts of the pita. I'm sure they are great over the open fire, but I was being lazy. Great recipe, plus is caused me to buy some seasonings I never thought to use before (Savory? Thank goodness for Mccormick). Definitely worth the effort, I'd say. I made 5 patties, we ate three one night, and ate the leftovers the next night, still were not sick of the flavor. That was Tuesday and Wednesday, and here I am Thursday, already craving another one!
Ok, nothing special
I really enjoyed these! Keep in mind that they are called gyro "burgers" so don't expect exactly what you would find in a Greek restaurant! They have that gyro taste but the texture of a burger. I served mine in a pita with tzatziki, lettuce and tomatoes. They were really tasty and fun!
Made with pork, still turned out great.
This recipe also makes the best meatball sandwiches around! Just shape, bake and simmer in spaghetti sauce. Yum!
We could not get enough of these burgers...I used all lamb rather than a mix of lamb and beef, and the burgers held together perfectly and were incredibly moist. The star ingredient was the allspice...you could taste it in every bite, but it was still subtle. Served on a huge pita with tzaziki sauce,diced tomatoes, and a lentil/rice salad on the side. We will definitely be making these again, possibly as little appetizer 'sliders' or topping for pizza.
We really enjoyed these. We couldn't find lamb at our store, so we just used 100% beef, and it was still very tasty. Nice combination of spices, and they were juicy and flavorful. We'll make these again.
I had expected something as flavorful as gyro meat, but this was rather bland.
Did not taste exaclty like Gyros, but it's MUCH easier and close enough.
Really enjoyed this quick, easy recipe. Best of all, my husband and son liked as well. Will make again. The cuke-yogurt-sour cream sauce that a reviewer mentioned was super with this recipe.
these were incredibly good. i didnt have any savory so i just looked up a substitute and used thyme in its place. 1/4 teaspoon of that instead of 1/2 of savory. added about 1/4 tsp of oregano, cooked them on the foreman grill, served on warmed pita bread with some tzatziki sauce. i had to fight myself to not eat both my burgers tonight. i wanted to save one for lunch tomorrow so i can enjoy it twice. these are definitely a keeper.. dont taste exactly like a gyro but close enough for me!
This recipe pleasantly surprised me; really simple to make and really flavorful. My one suggestion would be to actually blend the onion and garlic before adding it to the meat to make it smoother. I definitely made my burgers way too thick this time, so making sure they are thin is also a plus. I served this with homemade tzatziki sauce (made using the tzatziki sauce I recipe here), in a pita with lettuce and onions and it tasted 100% like a gyro, but way more filling. Super tasty. Next time, I'm looking forward to taking some reviewers advice and blending the meat, baking it like a meatloaf, and then slicing it thinly. My mouth's watering just thinking of it!
OK, this ROCKED! I would decrease the onions, but ONLY because I have non-onion lovers in my house. OTHERWISE--- TOTALLY TASTES LIKE GYROS! The thinner you make the patties, the better the texture resembles gyros! Thanks for the recipe. I used the cucumber sauce from this site as well.
Used ground turkey instead of the beef and lamb and tortilla crumbs for the bread (which made it wheat free/gluten free). Wonderful flavor! I ground the coriander seeds myself using a mortar and pestle--the aroma and added punch is great!
These burgers were fabulous! I did add a little oregano per another review, and we served them with the Tztziki VII sauce. Splendid change from the usual burger and it smelled and tasted just like a gyro!
This was very good! I did use half beef and half lamb, but honestly, I may add just a little more of the seasoning, the normal Greek Gyros have a little more punch. But this recipe is Great! Will for sure use again! Also, like others say, do make some tzatziki sauce for it! Yum!
Wonderful! We topped with feta cheese crumblies and these burgers were delicious!
good and easy...and i love the tzatzidi sauce, smells terrific added a bit of rosemary but will try again without it next time just to compare...
We love these burgers! I have even used the seasonings on turkey or beef when I don't have lamb and we still enjoy them.
This was great! We had them on onion buns with tzatziki sauce and feta (i added homegrown tomatoes and basil, yum!). I used oregano rather than savory. I made the mistake of chopping rather than grating the onions - it made it difficult to incorporate the onions into the hamburgers. I won't do that next time! Also, a garlic press would've helped too.
We thought these were excellent. Made it exactly as recipe says.
holy WOW, these were good! we made them using all ground turkey (no beef or lamb on hand), so i was worried they might lack flavor, but not at all! we followed the rest of the directions to a T and they were absolutely deliciously AWESOME! plus, they were lighter and healthier using the ground turkey :) we served them with tzatziki sauce I (added cukes) and it was GREAT. thanks!
Nothing special for us.
These are excellent.
These were fantastic! I had to use all beef, since that was all I had, and they still came out great. MY husband said that he would like to see me use lamb next time to give it more of the authentic taste. To top it off, I used the recipe for tzatziki sauce also from this site.
These were pretty good, but came out fairly dry. I recommend adding some plain yogurt to the meat mixture for added moisture.
This recipe is a keeper. I made it into a flat square meatloaf, baked it in the oven and sliced it thin. Then put the slices on a pocketless pita with tomato, onion and homemade tzatziki. Don't forget the Greek salad on the side!!
I could not find any savory at the store, but otherwise made this per the recipe. It tasted okay, but very bland. I would have expected much more flavor, definitely more garlic to be like a gyro.
Didn't have savory and didn't miss it. Added 1/3 Cup panko bread crumbs and feta cheese. Then grilled over the charcoal. These are amazing.
We love this recipe (family of 5, including 8, 10, and 12 yr old). I substitute equal parts thyme/marjoram/sage for the savory and equal parts cinnamon/nutmeg for the allspice. I've also made it three ways, as burgers, as meatloaf (sliced), and "taco style". I think our favorite is taco style (stove top browned), because then we just spoon it into pitas. However, meatloaf style allows me to set my oven timer and walk away. We serve it on pitas with a gyro sauce, tomatoes, and lettuce. Feta too if I remember it.
Different but very good. I added oregano and parsley as mentioned by a few other members. If you are tired of ground beef and looking for something different this is for you.
AMAZING TASTE! AUTHENTIC!!! I shredded the onions so the meat would form better patties, and I also shaped them to fit in Pita Pocket Bread.
We LOVE gyros, and this recipe is incredibly similar. We make the burgers as stated in the recipe, and serve with tomatos, onions, lettuce, ranch-cucumber salad dressing, as well as feta. Wonderful!
If i were to rate this on the taste of the meat alone, this may have to be a 3 MAYBE 4... HOWEVER I could not find ground lamb anywhere so i ended up using 1/2 ground beef(sirloin)and 1/2 ground chicken breast so because of that I bumped it up a notch to a 4. I thought the burgers were pretty bland. EVERY spice/seasoning recipe called for went into the ground meat but still did not get much flavor. Dont get me wrong, after the burgers were put together on a greek pita with lettuce, thinly sliced tomato and onion, with a drizzle of Tzatziki sauce, it was great! I will keep my eyes open for ground lamb and will make these again. I will double all the spices next time. These are more like Greek Burgers and nothing like Gyros at all. Overall it was good, potential to be great.
Wonderful. Just what I was looking for! Instead of grilling (which I'm sure would have made them taste even better) I cooked the patties on the stovetop. After cooking, I cut them into strips so they'd fit in the pita better. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe!
The boyfriend and I really enjoyed this recipe. It tasted and smelled just like the gyro's we get at the Greek place. I will definitely make this again.
Very good recipe! I was truly surprised. I servedthese on warm pita bread with Tzaziki sauce & thinly sliced onions & tomatoe wedges. Yummy! My husband loved them!Almost as good as the real thing!
This recipe was just what we needed for our gyro fix! I used oregano in place of the savory. I made the Magpie's Cucumber Sauce on this site for the tzatziki. Also served on warmed no pocket pita bread and served w/ lettuce, tomato and onion! YUMMERS!
Very good. I used all I didn't have any access to lamb so I used all beef. they turned out very good. I have more meat then I needed so I cooked all up and froze some of the patties they froze very well.
This is a wonderful mix! The burgers were so good! I served it with tzatziki sauce from this site. This ones a keeper! Thanks for sharing!
These are really good! Made them as is and once with just ground beef. We liked them both way. I went to a local Greek restaurant and picked up fresh pita's and tzatziki sauce (next time I'll make my own sauce) We shaped the burgers into more of a sausage shape to accommodate the pita's. These were really great. A friend suggested using turkey next time just to see if it livens up the same old turkey burger.
These were absolutely delicious. I was not able to find ground lamb, usually it's more available in my area around the holidays, so I just used ground beef and doubled the recipe to make 8 patties. The seasonings were good, I was skeptical of the cumin but this was very similar to what I get at our local greek restaurant. I served mine with fresh flatbread from the local middle eastern bakery, tzatziki and a rice pilaf salad. What a nice switch from summer hamburgers and hotdogs.
Yum! Great gyro flavor. I added 1/2 tsp Penzey's Greek Seasoning. I made the patties oblong shaped and served them in warm flat bread with tzatziki sauce from this site, with diced onions and lettuce. Everyone loved them!
These had very good flavor. Not quite the texture I was hoping for like we get at the greek restaurant. I didn't have a food processor or meat grinder, so all mixed by hand, maybe I should have mixed longer? I may try again as they were flavorful and very close to what I was looking for.
Thought it was very good! I did not care for the allspice. I also used my jerky gun created strips and fried them. Added a little greek seasoning I buy through Penzeys Spices.
We made this with my Mom and we just made the meat like taco meat, but in patty form. It was wonderful and the kids couldn't get enough. We bought fresh pita bread from a Middle eastern place ran home and made this. AWESOME!!
Came out very well. I substituted grated lemon rind for the coriander (could have sworn I had some) and left out the garlic for a friend who doesn't like it. I got my garlic fix from tzatiki sauce.
I didn't have coriander or savory so I added 1 tsp. of Greek seasoning and these were AMAZING! I made the garlic feta dip and tzatziki sauce from this site as well to go along with the gyro burgers and served with extra feta, lettuce and tomato. These taste like authentic gyros with the added greek seasoning and have become a new favorite at our house.