Gyro with Tzatziki Sauce (Lamb sandwich)

Lamb is a meat often found in Greek cooking, but you can easily substitute ground beef or ground turkey for this recipe and still retain similar flavors.  The ground meat is mixed with garlic, onion, oregano and bacon (yes, bacon!) and then formed into a loaf similar to meatloaf.  After baking the loaf is sliced and the pieces broiled to crisp up the edges.  Fill a pita with a slice, or two, of the meat, some cool and crunchy tzatziki, tomato and sliced onion.


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Serves: 5 Total Time: 1 hour and 50 minutes


  • For the Tzatziki Sauce:
  • 16 ounces plain full fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, and finely chopped
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 5 to 6 mint leaves, finely minced
  • For the Gyro Meat:
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves
  • ½ yellow onion, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 clove garlic, sliced
  • 3 ounces slab bacon (or 5 slices sliced bacon), cut into ½-inch pieces
  • Serve with:
  • Pocketless pita bread or naan bread
  • Tzatziki Sauce
  • Tomato, coarsely chopped
  • Yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • Thinly sliced red and yellow bell pepper
  • Crumbled feta


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