Gyro Burgers w/ Greek Salad

I am always looking for ways to spice up the everyday burger. Not that your typical burger with pickles and onions is a problem but every once in a while I like to change it up. I love gyros, so when I came across this recipe in my 30-Minute Get Real Meals cookbook I knew I had to make it. This is easy to make and it packs a lot of flavor. The yogurt spice mixture in the meat really makes the burger.

You cannot use fat free yogurt. The recipe calls for full fat and I ignored it and bought fat free. When I tried forming the patties they were like mush in my hands. I worked with it some and they came out fine but it was more hassle than I thought it would be. I also added extra yogurt as a dressing for the burger since I did not find the Greek salad to be enough. Besides, when you get a gyro it always has the tzatziki sauce on it.

  • 1 1/2 lb ground chicken or lamb
  • 2 c. plain full fat yogurt
  • handful of fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. grill seasoning
  • olive oil
  • Greek salad
  1. Preheat skillet to medium-high heat.
  2. In a large bowl combine the ground meat with 1 cup of yogurt, parsley, garlic, spices and seasonings. Form 4 patties and drizzle with olive oil and cook for 3 minutes on each side.
  3. Assemble burgers on rolls and top with Greek salad and extra yogurt.


robin said...

I'm going to make these. I have been craving gyros for a while now!

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

Do you think adding some bread or oatmeal to the batter would firm it up a bit?

They sound wonderful!! I don't know if I could purposely buy full fat yogurt though!! Do they sell that? :-)

Kristin said...

Debbi- What I meant by full fat was just plain yogurt not fat free. You could also use Greek yogurt.

Joanne said...

Oh this is so what I need in my life. I love anything that even so much as resembles Greek food. What kind of yogurt did you use? I find Fage's 0% to be super thick!

best cook said...

Love this recipe!!

Kim said...

This looks like one delicious burger Kristin! The burgers sound like they would be real moist with the yogurt mixed in. I'm loving the idea of a Greek burger.

newlywed said...

Looks delicious! I would have done the same thing with the fat-free yogurt. Thanks for the heads up! Perhaps low-fat would be a workable compromise.

Sweet and Savory said...

You taught us all a good lesson. We all, make changes, to cut calories or to eliminate an ingredient, we are allergic to and we have to remember, it just may not work. I would not have guessed that a low fat yogurt would make such a difference. Thanks for sharing this.

It looks great, despite, having to work double time.

Haupi said...

Whoa buddy! A gyro looks scrumptious! I gotta do this one. Thanks.


Mhel said...

We do both love lamb burgers. I love mine doing the greek way too. Its not too sinful, yet very flavorful!