Beef/ Lamb

Gyro-Style Beef and Lamb Burger with Tzatziki Sauce

On the menu tonight – Gyro Burgers! I wanted a burger but I wanted to do something a little different. I decided to go Greek and make a gyro-style burger.

Gyros are traditionally made with lamb. If you aren’t sure if you would like a burger with ground lamb, do what I did and do a 50/50 mix of ground beef and ground lamb. This version turned out really good. A gyro wouldn’t be a gyro without that lovely tzatziki sauce. Sure, you can buy it, but I decided to make my own and I’m glad I did! It’s really easy to make and you know exactly what goes in to to the sauce.

The burger hits all the flavors of a gyro, but in the convenient and familiar bun of a traditional burger. So, the next time you are looking for something different on grill day, try a Gyro Burger!

Gyro-Style Beef and Lamb Burger with Tzatziki Sauce

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By Patrick Dulmage Serves: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 12 minutes Total Time: 22 minutes

Gyro-Style Beef and Lamb Burger with Tzatziki Sauce


  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 3 tsp fresh fine chopped mint
  • 1 - 2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 - 2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1 red onion, thickly sliced
  • Tzatziki Sauce:
  • 8 ounces Greek Yogurt (whole fat)
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, minced
  • zest and juice of a half lemon
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 1/4-1/2 English cucumber, grated
  • 1 tsp fresh mint, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Buns (or pita)
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • Romaine lettuce, chopped



Pre-heat grill to high


Start with the tzatziki sauce


In a medium bowl, combine yogurt, dill, garlic, cucumber, lemon juice, zest, and season with salt and pepper


Put the tzatziki in the fridge while you start on the burgers


In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, ground lamb, coriander, mint, salt and pepper


Divide the meat into equal portions and form into burger patties


Put the patties on the grill and don't touch them or smash them


Add the onion slices to the grill as well


After about 5 minutes flip the burgers - they should have a nice crust on one side


Flip the onion slices as well


After another 5 minutes or so, check to see if the other side of the burgers have a nice crust


When finished, pull the onion slices and burgers from the grill and let rest


Toast your buns, if desired


Build the burger by adding a patty to the bottom bun, add some grilled onion, a dollop of tzatziki sauce


Top it off with some lettuce and a little tomato

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