Gyro Burgers

Gyro Burgers

Gyro Burgers
Serve with baked sweet potato chips-I love gyros so much that I suffer through most crowded fairs just so I can eat this classic Greek sandwich. Now I am not equipped at home to make the shaved lamb/beef mixture, but I wanted to make a version of it at home to satisfy my cravings. I knew I could make a burger version with pita bread instead of a bun. Craving satisfied!Ttzatziki sauce, a Greek cucumber yogurt sauce, is traditionally served with the gyro, but I have made the sauce optional, substituting plain yogurt instead. If you have the time and/or inclination, I highly recommend you make the tzatziki; it’s so worth it! You’ll find the recipe below in “The Whole Meal Suggests” section. It will not be added to the shopping list, so you will need to add these ingredients manually to your weekly list.
    Servings
    4 people
    Cook Time
    30-35 minutes
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    Servings
    4 people
    Cook Time
    30-35 minutes
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    Ingredients
    • 3 large sweet potatoes, scrubbed and sliced in 1/8” slices
    • 1tablespoon grape seed or olive oil
    • 1/4teaspoon each sea salt and ground black pepper
    • 1 egg, beaten
    • 1/4cup low fat plain yogurt, divided
    • 1/4cup dry bread crumbs
    • 1 garlic clove, minced
    • 1/4teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1pound lean ground beef
    • 4 whole wheat pita rounds or naan bread
    • 1 cucumber, thinly sliced
    • 1 medium tomato, chopped
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Toss sweet potatoes, oil, and salt and pepper together until well coated. Top a baking sheet or baking pan with tinfoil, add sweet potatoes in a single layer and bake for 30 minutes, turning once halfway through until golden brown and crispy.
    2. Preheat grill or grill pan to medium high heat. In a medium bowl combine the egg, 2 tablespoons yogurt and the next 6 ingredients (through ground beef); mix well. Shape mixture into 4 oblong patties (like a thick hotdog). Grill patties for 15 minutes until meat is done, turning once halfway through.
    3. Serve in pita breads (or naan bread) lined with cucumber slices and topped with the tomato and remaining yogurt (or Tzatziki sauce, if using instead. See Suggestions for recipe). Serve with sweet potato fries.
    Recipe Notes

    Here is the recipe for Tzatziki:

    Tzatziki Sauce (Greek cucumber yogurt sauce)

    1 cup plain yogurt(do not use reduced or fat free yogurt)
    1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and shredded
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1-2 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
    Salt and pepper, to taste
    1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
    1-2 cloves garlic, minced (add 2 if you like it garlicky)

    Place the yogurt in a bowl. Place the shredded cucumber in a strainer, salt, and let drain for minimally 15 minutes. Squeeze any excess water from the cucumber and add the cucumber to the yogurt. Add in the remaining ingredients, combining them well. Tzatziki is best served chilled (place in refrigerator for a least an hour).

    Baked sweet potato chips are very easy to make and are undoubtedly, a much healthier version that the highly processed versions we find in the grocery store. You can also make them as steak fries, by slicing them into wedges and cooking them the same way.

    Gyros usually have a mixture of beef and lamb. For simplicity, I usually just use ground beef, but try a mix of ground lamb and ground beef; it’s really good!

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