Meat for Gyro SlidersDo you like Greek food? Have you ever had some Souvlaki or Moussaka that rocked your world? Have you ever eaten Spanikopita with a crispy buttery phyllo crust or a Gyro with fresh tzatziki? I have. And now I crave this stuff. Greek food has earned a rightful parking spot in my subconscious as food I cannot survive long with out. Thankfully, I am lucky enough to live in a city that has a strong Greek heritage and there is no shortage on wonderful Greek restaurants and diners. Ask 10 people around the Buffalo area which is their favorite Greek restaurant and you might get 10 different answers.  I have a few that are near and dear to my stomach: Kosta’s, Christo’s, and Pano’s.  Each seems to do a certain dish the best that keeps me going back to them for that one thing. It is all inspiration that we use when creating our own “new favorites” at home.

grinding meat in action

This dish we put together is a Greek classic, and personal favorite, with an American twist. We started by using the freshest ingredients possible: greens and herbs from our garden, butcher cut lamb and beef that we bought and ground that same day (we broke in our new meat grinder on this one), citrus, cool cucumbers and yogurt… keeping true to the Greek flavor profiles that make their food so delicious. Then, we married it up with an American staple.  Yes, the ever versatile and almighty hamburger. A slider to be exact. Who doesn’t love a good slider? We are calling this one a Gyro Slider, that’s pronounced Yee-ro not Ji-ro my friend.  Make a Greek happy and pronounce it correctly; after all they were nice enough to bring this fantastic food here to America and share it with us. So now you can dig on this hearty lil’ hybrid that I promise you will enjoy,  and if you have not yet had yourself a real Gyro, do it sooner than later.

gyro burgers precooked

Gyro Sliders with Greek-Style Yogurt Dressing

Serves 8
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 6 minutes
Total time 26 minutes
Meal type Appetizer, Lunch, Main Dish, Snack, Starter
These gyro burgers are so simple to make. Full of fresh herbs and feta cheese, these burgers are juicy and delicious. Perfect for a summer party appetizer.

Ingredients

sliders

  • .75lb ground lamb
  • .75lb ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano (finely chopped or 1 tsp. dried oregano)
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh rosemary (finely chopped or 1 tsp. dried rosemary)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage (finely chopped or 1 tsp. dried sage)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • zest from half of a lemon
  • 1/3 cup feta crumbles
  • 8 slider-sized rolls (we used Costanzo's mini rolls)
  • cucumber (peeled and very thinly sliced)
  • 2 cups fresh sorrel (or any other fresh salad greens)

dressing

  • 1 cup plain yogurt (or greek yogurt)
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon red onion (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon seasonings (dried dill, dried oregano, dried basil)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions

Sliders
1. Combine all ingredients (except rolls, cucumber, and sorrel) in a large bowl. Use hands to mix until combined. Then, form the meat mixture into 3 oz. patties. This will yield 8 sliders.
2. Heat a grill pan over high heat. Cook gyro patties for 3 minutes on each side. Let meat rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Serve on slider rolls topped with cucumber slices and dressed sorrel leaves.
Greek Style Yogurt Dressing
3. Combine yogurt, red onion, 1 TBSP fresh oregano, 1 TBSP fresh parsley, 1 TBSP fresh mint, all seasonings, olive oil, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Whisk to combine. Let stand for 15 minutes to let flavors come together. Toss with sorrel.

Note

This serves 8 as an appetizer or 4 as a main dish.

Some cooking tips:

* If you are using a meat grinder, you can add the herbs and garlic right to the meat and grind everything together.  Then, it’s just a matter of mixing in the feta cheese and lemon zest.

* Make sure grill pan is hot enough before you put the sliders on it, so that a nice crust develops on the meat.

* You’ll need a sufficient amount of oil or butter to coat you grill pan before cooking the sliders.

* Save some of the dressing to use the next day for a delicious chicken souvlaki salad!

* Make your dad these sliders as a belated father’s day gift while you bond over a couple drinks.  He’ll love it, I promise.  Well, actually my dad probably wouldn’t eat on this burger (he has strict burger requirements that include more cheese and bacon), but I know he’d support us while we ate them. And he’d definitely help out by bringing along a six-pack of craft beer.  That’s what Dads are for!  Happy Father’s Day!

Gyro Sliders ready to eatShared with: Melt in Your Mouth Monday, On the Menu Monday, Tuesday Talent Show, Trick of Treat Tuesday

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One Response to Gyro Sliders

  1. Yum! These look delicious. I’m a huge gyros fan, so I definitely got excited when I saw this on Foodbuzz! Can’t wait to try them.

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