Gyro Burger with Tzatziki Sauce

 

gyro burger (1 of 1) So here is my experience with Gyro’s. When I was in college, some friends and I went to this small Greek place one street over from campus ( I went to the University of Cincinnati by the way) to try Gyros. The friends I went with were from Chicago and they were having a huge craving for them. I never had one so I went. I also never had lamb meat before. I walk into this cute small Greek diner looking place and it felt as though I was in walking into uncharted territory. I didn’t know what to order. Heck, I didn’t know if I would even like it, but I was convinced that gyros were wonderful and I would love them. As I bit into the succulent and HUGE pita wrapped sandwich, I fell in love. I couldn’t believe it! The lamb was juicy and tender; the cucumber sauce, which I was skeptical about, gave the gyro some lightness; and the french fries were hot and to die for. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal until…..I saw it. I guess when I walked in I was so confused about the food that I didn’t notice the rotating leg of lamb by the door. It looked absolutely disgusting! Not because of the meat, but because it actually looked like a leg. I hadn’t had one since and that was back in 2003.

I recently had a gyro but it was meatless. I went over a friend’s house for lunch and she made gyros with seitan and I loved them! But what I loved the most was the Tzatziki sauce, also known as,  “cucumber sauce”. It was interesting at first, but as I allowed my taste buds to appreciate the sauce I loved it! I could have dranked it. The most valuable ingredient is the Greek yogurt. If you’ve had Greek yogurt you know that it is rich and tangy and when you combine it with cucumber and the spices is absolutely divine! Now you know that I am a burger freak! So I had to come up with a creative way to turn this idea of a gyro into a burger. It is quick, simple, and not so high in calories. If you are in the mood for a burger, I recommend that you try it and if you love gyros then you would absolutely love this.

Tzatziki Sauce partially adapted from Food Network

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Gyro Burger with Tzatziki Sauce
 
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Recipe type: Burger
Cuisine: Greek
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • • FOR THE BURGERS:
  • • 2 whole Angus Or Other High Quality Store Bought Steak Burger Patties
  • • Marjoram, Salt And Pepper To Taste
  • • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • • 2 whole Pita Pockets
  • • 2 whole Red Onion Slices
  • • 1 teaspoon Red Wine Vinegar
  • • 2 whole Tomato Slices
  • • 2 leaves Lettuce
  • • Feta Cheese, For Crumbling Over The Burger
  • • FOR THE TZATZIKI SAUCE:
  • • 1 whole Cucumber, Peeled, Seeded, And Finely Chopped
  • • 2 cups Greek Yogurt
  • • 1-½ Tablespoon Garlic, Minced
  • • 1 Tablespoon Dired Marjoram
  • • 1 Tablespoon Dried Rosemary
  • • 2 teaspoons Kosher Salt
  • • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • • 1 teaspoon Red Wine Vinegar
Instructions
  1. For the sauce:
  2. Place the finely chopped cucumber in a clean kitchen towel and squeeze to remove the excess liquid. In a medium bowl, combine the Greek yogurt, diced cucumber, minced garlic, marjoram, rosemary, kosher salt, olive oil and red wine vinegar and stir. Place in the refrigerator until ready for use.
  3. Season the cube steaks liberally on both sides with salt, pepper, and marjoram. Preheat your grill pan to medium high heat and drizzle with olive oil. When the pan is ready, place the steaks in the pan and allow to cook for 5-7 minutes on both sides. When you place the steaks on the grill just leave them alone and let them cook undisturbed on each side. When finished, remove from heat and set aside.
  4. To assemble the burger take a pita pocket, cut it open sandwich style, and warm it for 15 seconds in the microwave. Spread some of the tzatziki sauce on one piece of the pita bread, place the steak burger on top, sprinkle with some feta cheese, lettuce, red onion, tomato and the other piece of pita bread and enjoy!

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