Marinated Beef Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce is marinated beef on warm flatbread drizzled with fresh cucumber sauce. A delicious twist on the Greek take-out favorite!
MARINATED BEEF GYRO WITH TZATZIKI SAUCE
Grilling beef for making Gyros is a great reason to keep your grill ready to go until the snow flies, and sometimes even after! Who needs to go out for a Gyro when you can make an amazing Gyro at home!
One of our house favorites is Marinated Beef Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce. Beef that is succulent after hours bathing in a garlic marinade and served with Tzatziki Sauce…enough said! Just the smell of the warming Pitas is enough to make my mouth water. Follow this recipe and you too can have a Gyro at home anytime!
Tips and Hints to make the best Marinated Beef Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce recipe:
- Start with quality meat – use organic beef and vegetables if possible
- When it comes to using spices, keep the shelf fresh by storing spices in a cool, dark place, away from direct heat or sunlight. In tightly closed containers whole spices will stay fresh for about 4 years, ground spices for about 2 to 3 years and dried herbs for 1 to 3 years.
- Use fresh squeezed lemon juice for the best flavor and results. If lemon zest is required in the recipe, be sure to zest the lemon BEFORE squeezing it.
I know… It looks like a long recipe, but it’s really easy. There are just a few steps to follow….the hardest part is waiting for the meat. Once I smell the marinade I just want to light up that grill and get started! Or grill the steak indoors using a grill pan or indoor electric grill.
Marinated Beef Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce
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- 2 pounds Sirloin Beef, trimmed and cut into 1/4 inch thick slices
- 6 Pocketless Pitas
- shredded Leaf Lettuce, tomato, red onion, optional
For the Marinade:
For the Tzatziki Sauce:
- 2 cups Greek Yogurt
- 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp minced garlic
- 1/2 medium English cucumber, diced (seedless cucumber
- 1/2 tbsp salt
- 2 tsp dill
- salt and pepper
To Make the Marinade:
- Place all of the marinade ingredients in a small bowl, mix well to combine. Add the beef to a large ziploc bag, and pour the marinade over the meat. Work the marinade around the beef until all the pieces are coated. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours.
For Tzatziki Sauce:
- Place a colander over a medium bowl. Combine the diced cucumber with the salt.. Transfer the cucumber to the colander and sit something heavy on top. ( A few stacked plates works well for this). Let the water in the cucumber drain through the colander into the bowl. About 1 hour. Place the drained cucumber onto a clean kitchen towel. Gather the ends of the towel and squeeze the rest of the moisture from the cucumbers. Do this several times until no more water runs out.
- In a food processor or blender, combine the drained cucumber, lemon juice. garlic, dill, salt and pepper. Process until well blended. Stir this mixture into the yogurt and refrigerate for several hours to allow the flavors to blend.
To cook the steak:
- Preheat the grill to 350°F. Using a grill liner (steak slices may fall thru grill rack), place steak slices on the preheated grill and cook for 3-4 minutes per side, or until done as desired.Remove from grill. Discard marinade left in the bag.
- Place Pitas directly on the grill rack and heat about 30 seconds on each side to warm.
- Assemble Gyros by placing slices of steak in the center of the pita bread. Add lettuce, tomato and onion slices, then drizzle with Tzatziki Sauce. Fold the Pita over on itself to make a half circle.
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