A ground beef gyro sandwich? You betcha! In fact, we think it’s the BEST ground beef gyro sandwich and rated it 7 out of 10 stars… also earning its spot in the family of easy ground beef recipes!
The idea to use ground beef for a gyro sandwich isn’t a new concept, but it was new to us! Greek flavors are one of my favorite whether it’s a hot gyro sandwich or my Greek Chicken & Lentil salad with hunks of feta cheese, you can’t go wrong! Developing a recipe that not only I found delicious, but my kids too…IT’S A KEEPER!
My beautiful helper in the kitchen has grown a bit since her last time on the blog. She was busy slathering our gyro sandwich bread with the “secret” sauce, except for one. My son loves grilled cheese sloppy joes, so that’s how we chose to make his gyro too. A little less adventurous he is, but he nibbled his sandwich down to the very edge of the crust.
(also photobombed by our cat-dog, Bailey)
As we were browning the ground beef it occurred to us that our sandwich needed something to help it all stick together. Unlike our favorite sloppy joes, there’s no sauce in this gyro sandwich.
Wanting to stick to our original recipe idea of using thick white bakery bread, we busted out some “secret” sauce (aka, garlic and herb Laughing Cow Cheese) and slathered it on one side of the bread while the other side got a coated in some heavenly tzatziki sauce.
Not only did we create the best ground beef gyro sandwich, but the leftovers made the best greek noodle salad! Anytime I get a chance to repurpose leftovers I’m giddy with excitement.
Yes, I’m that much of a dork.
Next time though we will double the tzatziki sauce. Can’t be having any close calls not having leftovers of THAT around. Trader Joe’s has a great version but it’s a little thinner with sliced cucumbers in it which doesn’t do well on a sandwich (unless you like sauce dripping from you face to your elbows.)
Either way, tzatziki sauce makes it all come together.
*I’ve also made this with lean ground turkey and it’s excellent as well.
Gyro sandwich, salad, or both? Beef or Turkey? Let me know when you try one or both!
*recipe slightly adapted from Kayotic Kitchen
with Easy Tzatziki Sauce
- 1 lb. lean ground beef (or turkey but beef is better)
- 1/2 c. chopped white onion
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 TB paprika
- 1/2 tsp cumin powder
- 1/4 tsp greek seasoning
- 1/4 tsp each: curry powder, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, thyme
- White Italian Bread, sliced thick
- 1-2 TB light butter
- Garlic Herb Laughing Cow Cheese (1 per sandwich)
- Thinly sliced red onion
- Tomato slices
- Tzatziki Sauce Recipe
- Brown ground beef in large skillet with onion over medium-high heat.
- While the meat is browning, add all spices to a small bowl.
- Drain and return meat to skillet over low heat. Add minced garlic and all seasonings stirring to combine. A little water can be added to help it come together if needed. Remove from heat.
- Spread butter on 1 side of bread slices and place butter side down on griddle or large skillet to toast. Spread laughing cow cheese on one slice before turning on griddle/stove then allow 5-8 minutes for the bread to get nice and browned (like a grilled cheese). Remove from heat and spoon gyro meat onto slice with the cheese spread pressing down to pile it high. Top with shredded onion and tomato. Spread tzatziki sauce onto other slice and smoosh the sandwich together, slice in half and devour!