I’m a HUGE fan of gyros! Salty, garlicy goodness contrasted with the cool cucumber sauce and fresh tomatoes. So satisfying, so flavorful, so good!
Those of you that have been hanging around here for a while know that I like to try to make things as easy and simple as possible. Some may call it lazy. I call it efficient. Or lazy…whatever! Traditional gyros are made with lamb that is ground, spiced, made into a loaf, cooked, and sliced very thin. Although super delicious, I don’t have time to go to all that trouble on a typical day. I’m not even sure I would go to all that trouble even when I did have time.
That’s why I thought this ground beef version would be perfect for a simple weeknight meal. It cooks up like taco meat, just spiced differently and served on flat bread with a delicious cucumber yogurt sauce and other typical gyro fixings.
You could also skip the flat bread and serve it as a deconstructed gyro salad. It’s super delicious that way as well. This picture below still has flat bread, but you could totally omit it and it would still be awesome!
I think you’ll really like this one. Easy, satisfying, delicious, and out of the norm for your typical weeknight fare. I also love that it’s made with ground beef, which means it’s much more economical than traditional lamb.
Make sure you eat this before the summer is over so you can take advantage of the fresh seasonal tomatoes and cucumbers! Enjoy!
Simple Ground Beef Gryos
1 cup organic yogurt (storebought or Homemade)
1/2 cup diced cucumber
1 clove minced garlic
1/4 tsp. sea salt (Find sea salt here)
1 lb. grass fed ground beef
2 cloves minced garlic
1 1/2 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp pepper
Mix yogurt, salt, garlic, and cucumber together in a small bowl. Chill in refrigerator until ready to eat.
Meanwhile, add ground beef, garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper to a skillet or shallow dutch oven. If you are using lean grass-fed beef, there won’t be any fat to drain.
Evenly distribute spices throughout beef and cook beef over medium heat until brown and cooked through.
Serve spiced beef on flat bread with a generous helping of yogurt sauce and other desired toppings.
Possible toppings: lettuce, tomatoes, sliced onion, feta cheese
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