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Healthy Greek Gyros


My husband spent some time in Greece, and when I asked him what recipe I should make that reminded him of Greece, he immediately said 'Gyros!'  I was excited because I love gyros - how did I not think of that?  I immediately got to work trying to figure out how to make a traditional Greek gyro, and then immediately found out I would need to make some modifications.  Traditional Greek gyros are made with pieces of meat, which usually have a high fat content.  The meat is placed on a tall vertical spit, which rotates on an electric broiler.  The reason for cooking the meat vertically is so that the fat can drip down and keep the meat moist and flavorful. Then the outside of the meat is sliced thin, and it is generally served on a pita, rolled up with Tzatziki sauce, tomatoes, onions and fried potatoes.

I thought the traditional meat used in Greece was lamb, but it is actually pork or chicken. Lamb and beef are what are most commonly used in Greek-American gyros.  As flavorful as fatty cuts of meat are, I decided to keep our Greek gyros a little leaner and amp up the flavor using herbs and spices.  They turned out delicious!  I can't wait to share this recipe with you, so let's get started!


Start with:

  • 1 pound of ground turkey
  • 10 ounces of frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed.

Add to your bowl:

  • 1 tablespoon grill seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 pinches ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup feta crumbles


Mix together and shape into a loaf.  Bake at 425 F for about 25-30 minutes.  You can use a meat thermometer and cook until the center is 165 F.


While your turkey is baking away, and smelling delicious, make your Tzatziki sauce.  Mix the following together:

Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

Then take your pitas, wrap them in foil and stick them in the oven with your baking turkey for a few minutes to warm them up.


Once your turkey is done, slice it up.


Then assemble.  We garnished with fresh tomatoes and cucumbers, but if you want to be really traditional, you can use onions and potatoes also.  I also think sprinkling a bit more feta and some crunchy green lettuce would be delicious.

Healthy Greek Gyro


It was fun to introduce a little Greek culture to our kids through eating a delicious and healthy meal!

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07/30/2012 7:12am
Looks delicious! Do you know if you can freeze tzatiki? Would like to make for my freezer cooking club.
07/30/2012 8:24am
I have never tried freezing it, but I have frozen other yogurt base sauces and they turn out fine. It may have a little more water content after you thaw, but you can always mix in more yogurt to thicken it up a bit. Good luck!
03/27/2013 3:15pm
Sounds stupid but what exactly do you mean by grill seasoning? Like a Montreal steak seasoning?
03/28/2013 9:35am
Not stupid at all - yes exactly like Montreal steak seasoning.
07/30/2012 11:40am
That's so weird - I was JUST (like 10 minutes ago...) wishing to myself that I had a recipe for homemade tzatziki! :) Thanks!
07/30/2012 3:53pm
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07/30/2012 5:31pm
I made these tonight and they were SO good! My husband is usually very anti-ground turkey, but he loved these and asked me to put them in our regular rotation.
07/30/2012 9:54pm
I made these tonight, we loved it! I did buy the tzatziki dip at Trader Joe's, but I will definitely make it next time! Thanks for a great recipe!
08/06/2012 5:01am
So glad you all like them!
08/10/2012 6:57am
[...] Then, head over to Greece for lunch, where your kids will love this healthy version of a Gyro. [...]
08/10/2012 10:35am
Do you ever make your own whole wheat pitas? If so, could you post a recipe?
08/14/2012 4:13am
[...] Você pode viajar até a Grécia e experimentar uma versão do Gyros (a famosa carne grega) recheada de saúde. [...]
03/01/2013 7:39am
For another good addition, tofurky instead of turkey, and home-made naan bread instead of a store-bought pita?
03/01/2013 8:26am
Good suggestions!
07/06/2014 4:59pm
I just tried these and thought they were awesome!! I have another recipe for Gyros that isn't as healthy and liked this much better. They only thing was my kids still would not eat them. It was too different for them even though I tried to make it sound really fun.
07/07/2014 1:54pm
Don't you hate that! Don't give up - sometimes it just takes kids being hungry enough that they will try anything and then they love it! Sometimes that works for my kids :)

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