Photo: Oxmoor House

A Greek specialty, gyros are traditionally made from spiced, spit-roasted lamb. Here, we mold a ground lamb mixture into loaves. The yogurt dressing is a variation on traditional tzatziki.

Yield: 4 servings
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 375
  • Calories from fat: 28%
  • Fat: 11.6g
  • Saturated fat: 4.4g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 4.7g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1g
  • Protein: 25g
  • Carbohydrate: 42.4g
  • Fiber: 2.3g
  • Cholesterol: 61mg
  • Iron: 3.5mg
  • Sodium: 627mg
  • Calcium: 158mg


  • Loaves:
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 ounces ground lamb
  • 6 ounces ground sirloin
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • Sauce:
  • 1 cup peeled shredded cucumber
  • 1/4 cup vertically sliced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (8-ounce) carton plain fat-free yogurt
  • Remaining ingredient:
  • 4 pocketless pitas


  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. To prepare loaves, combine first 8 ingredients, stirring well. Divide mixture in half, forming each half into a 6 x 3-inch loaf. Place each loaf on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray; broil 7 minutes on each side or until done.
  3. Sprinkle loaves with red pepper. Cut each loaf crosswise into 1/8-inch slices.
  4. To prepare sauce, place cucumber and onion onto several layers of heavy-duty paper towels. Cover with additional paper towels; let stand 5 minutes.
  5. Combine cucumber mixture, mint, and next 5 ingredients (mint through yogurt), stirring well. Divide meat slices evenly among pitas; top each serving with about 1/4 cup sauce.
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