January 24, 2013

Burger Gyros

For some random reason I really love gyros. I tried my first one only a few years ago and have been hooked ever since. While I don't mind the traditional lamb gyro, I also really like this version with ground beef. Plus ground beef is a lot easier to find in your hometown grocery store.
I used these pitas and loved them. I just found them near my grocery store's baked goods, but I'm sure they're in the bread aisle at other stores.
The Tzatziki sauce for this recipe is fabulous as well. Overall it's just a great, easy way to enjoy a gyro at home.

Burger Gyros
Slightly Adapted from Our Best Bites
1 lb. ground beef
2 tsp. garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp. dried minced onion
1 Tbsp. dijon mustard
3/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried rosemary
*4 pitas or 6-inch rounds of flatbread
thin onion slices
fresh tomato slices
Tzatziki (recipe below)

1. Gently combine beef, garlic, onion, mustard, salt, pepper, vinegar, oregano and rosemary with your hands and shape into 4 oblong patties (they'll fit better in the pitas). Grill 5-6 minutes on each side and remove from heat. Allow to stand 5 minutes.
2. Toast pitas in a frying pan over medium-heat for about 30 seconds per side until warm and crispy.
3. Place burgers on pitas and add onion, tomatoes and Tzatziki. Fold like a taco and serve immediately. For easy serving and cleanup, wrap in aluminum foil.

1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt
1 tsp. garlic, minced
1-2 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. dried dill weed
1/2 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and thinly sliced
kosher salt and pepper to taste

1. Combine ingredients in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Store covered in refrigerator up to 3 days.

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