Gyro Meatball Sandwiches

These Gyro Meatball Sandwiches are brought to you courtesy of my local Greek joint. 

They have seriously good food there but I never get to go 

Why? Well, I blame that on Mr. Grumpy. He really doesn't like Greek food, and with his car broken down, he drives my car to work. That leaves me stranded, SO no gyro for me 

Now, what does a good food blogger do when they want a dish they can have? 

We come up with a recipe of course!

I usually get the traditional gyro when I go, but there was no way I could reproduce that at home, so my mind went to work on what I wanted to use to get those tasty Greek flavors in my face.

I had already made Greek Burgers, and Greek Turkey Tacos and they are terrific. But they were quite giving me that gyros-ness I was craving.

I originally started out using lamb with these since that is the meat they use in those traditional, shave off the meat and pile it in a pita gyros I get. But I decided to go with beef.

For 1 not everyone likes lamb, and for 2 lamb is more expensive and I know y'all have been wanting recipes that are budget friendly.

Mini-me came home while I was making these and got uber excited as soon as I told her what I was making. She shares my love of gyros.....thank goodness!

The two of us ended up giggling with excitement waiting for the meatballs to cook.

Which made Kevin crazy.

Which made me happy.

That's what you get for not jumping on the gyro train with me 

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about meatball sandwiches. I have been wanting to turn several of my favorite main dishes into meatball sandwiches.

Think about it.

Beef Stroganoff Meatball Sandwiches
Chicken Parm Meatball Sandwiches
Salisbury Steak Meatball sandwiches

See what I mean?

The things I ended up thinking about!


Once the meatballs were out of the oven we were ready to dive in, but picture first *sigh*

I even recruited Mini-me as a hand model 

Wanna know the funny thing?

Kevin had to admit that he liked them!!

I love it when that happens!

So what do you think of my meatball obsession? What main dish would you like to see made into a meatball sandwich?

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Gyro Meatball Sandwiches

Bobbi Burleson
Gyro Meatball Sandwiches

Get those Greek flavors you love in these fun, kid-friendly, gyro meatball sandwiches.


  • 2 cups plain whole fat Greek yogurt
  • 3 cucumbers, peeled, deseeded, chopped, and separated
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill
  • 2 lemons, juiced and separated
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • 3 roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 small red onion, chopped
  • 1 handful parsley leaves plus 3 tablespoons, chopped and separated
  • 1 pound lean ground Certified Angus Beef ® brand beef
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese

Equipment Used


  1. Place 2 of the chopped cucumbers in a colander, reserving one cucumber for the relish. and sprinkle with salt. Let the cucumbers to sit for at least 30 mins to allow the cucumbers to release their liquid. Roll them in a clean dish towel to squeeze out any excess liquid.
  2. Add the drained cucumbers, garlic, dill, juice from 1 lemon, and some fresh cracked black pepper to the food processor. Process until smooth. Stir cucumber mixture into the yogurt. Taste and adjust your salt and pepper if needed. Place in an airtight container and allow to set in the refrigerator. The longer it sits the better it tastes so doing this the day before would work well.
  3. For the relish, in a medium bowl, combine the remaining cucumber, tomato, remaining lemon juice, red onion, and 3 tablespoons of the parsley leaves, and extra virgin olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and stir to combine. Cover and place in the refrigerator.
  4. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, breadcrumbs, egg, the remaining parsley, oregano, thyme, basil, marjoram, minced onion, and minced garlic. Form into 16 meatballs (I use a small cookie scoop).
  6. Place the meatballs on baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for about 15 minutes or until cooked through. Cooking time will vary depending on the size of your meatballs.
  7. When the meatballs are cooked through, remove them from the oven to rest. Place the pita directly on the oven rack, and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until warm and slightly toasted.
  8. To assemble the sandwiches, place 4 meatballs in each pita, and spoon the relish and Tzatziki on top of the meatballs, and sprinkle with feta cheese.
Yield: 4 sandwiches
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 45 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.
Total time: 60 mins.

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  1. My mouth is watering. I wish there was a good gluten free gyro, but the good thing is I can eat this with rice instead.

    1. I know they have gluten free bread, so there might be gluten free pita out there, but you are right this would be great over some brown rice too!

  2. this looks so delicious - i love anything greek - especially the feta!

    1. Me too Hal I have been craving Greek food for weeks!!

  3. What a great idea! I'm not a fan of lamb so I would go with beef too! My fiance will love these!

  4. What a great idea!!! Thanks for sharing!!! Never thought of this as an alteration for gyro meat!!! I will definitely be trying this!!!

    1. It is great when you don't have/can't get to a Greek restaurant!!

  5. These look amazing! I also love Greek food and my favorite thing to get are always the gyros. It's just so darn delicious!

  6. That looks legit good! Currently doing a vegetarian challenge so this is killing me lol.

    1. Aahhhh no!! Well, the cucumber tomato salsa/relish on this is to die for :)

  7. Omg this looks so delicious! Such a great sandwich recipe for spring too.

  8. Kimberly @ Berly's KitchenMarch 31, 2017 at 1:55 PM

    This is a great idea for a gyro! Looks delicious and sounds simple to make. I'll take two. :)

    1. Thanks! This is so good I could literally eat it everyday!!

  9. Looks like a delicious recipe. I cannot wait to try.

  10. Gyro Meatball Sandwiches seems very easy to do! I bet it was so yummy!

  11. Yummy overload, I don't cook but I love to eat.I might try to make the above recipe...for a change! Thank you for sharing your recipe.

    1. This looks so delicious!! Definitely something I'll have to try out one of these days.

  12. That looks so yum and ingredients are so healthy. Great pictures too.

  13. I would love to eat this. It looks really scrumptious. Love a Greek salad on the side!

  14. These sandwiches look so tasty! Yum yum.

  15. Oh wow. These look amazing. I would love to eat one now

  16. This really looks super delicious and got me craving for some of those! I love how u made the Greek food come to you when you could not go get it..

  17. I used to get gyros all the time at the restauruant by my house. This recipe sure made me miss it but I think I will opt for a homemade one this time. Thanks!

  18. I have never seen a gyro made with meatballs like this before. It looks absolutely incredible and I will be making it soon for my family to try!