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Greek Gyro Burger

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Have you ever had the pleasure of tasting a gyro? It’s a pita sandwich stuffed with tender meat that melts in your mouth after being slow roasted on a spit then shaved thin.  Many cultures serve similar sandwiches, but the gyro I’m familiar with hails from Greece. It is topped with a cool cucumber yogurt sauce called tzatziki, tomatoes, and sliced red onions.  I remember having my first one while my family was traveling in Europe about 10 years ago and have loved them ever since.

You can find gyros using any variety of meat: chicken, beef, lamb, or pork. My favorite is the slow roasted lamb. To simplify things and reduce cooking time, I used US Wellness Meat’s ground grass-fed lamb and marinated it in spices and lemon juice. A quick 8 minutes on the grill and you have yourself a burger that has all of the flavors of the traditional Gyro.

 

 

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Greek Gyro Burger

AUTHOR: Danielle Walker - AgainstAllGrain.com

SERVES: 4

PREP TIME: 20 mins

COOK TIME: 8 mins TOTAL TIME: 28 mins

Ingredients:

For the burgers:

  • 4 Hamburger Buns
  • 1 pound USWM ground lamb meat
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 pieces of romaine lettuce

For the Tzatziki sauce:

  • 6 ounces plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chopped dill
  • salt and pepper

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, mix the meat with rosemary, oregano, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Let the meat sit at room temperature for 20 minutes prior to grilling to enhance the flavor of the seasonings.
  2. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  3. Meanwhile, mix all of the ingredients for your tzatziki sauce in a medium bowl. Cover and place in the fridge until you are ready to serve your burgers.
  4. Form the ground lamb mixture into four burger patties.
  5. Grill the patties for 4 minutes on each side. They should have an internal temperature of 160 degrees for medium doneness.
  6. Assemble your Gyro Burgers on your hamburger buns and top with red onion, tomato, lettuce, and a generous tablespoon of tzatziki sauce. Serve extra sauce on the side.
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