Turkey Meatball Gyros {SRC}

Each month, I just love peeking into my inbox and seeing my latest Secret Recipe Club assignment.

This month I was delighted to find Heather’s blog, Join Us, Pull up aChair.  Heather is a mom who loves to let her daughter help out in the kitchen.  She says her daughter is much more willing to eat foods she helped prepare – I’d better take a leaf out of your book, Heather!  Maybe we can get my son to be a bit more adventurous!

As I was perusing Heather’s blog, I started waaaaay back in the archives (I just love looking through those old forgotten recipes!) and found a recipe for an amazing Turkey Gyro!  Since I recently perfected homemade whole wheat pitas, I knew that this was going to be the recipe to make.

My husband and I loved the sandwiches.  Picky pants 1 & picky pants 2 decided that they didn’t like meatballs the day I made these (though they both love meatballs most of the time).  My husband’s only critique was that he thought the spice could’ve been amped up a bit (but we’re total spice hounds, so add spice as you prefer).  And don’t forget to swing by Join Us, Pull up a Chair and say, “Hi” to Heather!

Recipe Notes:
*I always use disposable rubber gloves when mixing meat of any kind – it keeps that ground meat from hiding out underneath the fingernails!
*If you want to amp up the spice, double the amount of gyroseasoning called for in the recipe.

Turkey Meatball Gyros

5-6 whole wheat pitas, cut in half, pockets opened
Turkey Meatballs (recipe follows)
Yogurt Sauce (recipe follows)
Sliced cucumbers
Diced cherry tomatoes
Feta Cheese, crumbled

Turkey Meatballs
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 ¼ lb ground turkey
½ small onion, diced (about ¼ cup)
2 tbsp fresh Italian parsley, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced (about ½ tsp)
2 tsp fresh thyme, leaves only
1 ½ tsp gyro seasoning
Dash of salt & pepper

Yogurt Sauce
1 (6 oz) container plain Greek yogurt (1/2 cup)
 2 tbsp fresh Italian parsley, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced (about ½ tsp)
¼ cup cucumber, finely chopped
Dash of salt

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

Thoroughly mix together the remaining meatball ingredients.  Roll the mixture into small meatballs, about 1-inch in diameter.  Add the meatballs to the hot skillet as they are rolled.

Cook the meatballs until they are seared on all sides and are cooked completely through, about 10 minutes.  Drain the excess liquid during cooking, as necessary.  Remove the meatballs from the pan and set aside.

While the meatballs cook, whisk together all of the ingredients for the yogurt sauce.

To assemble, open each pita half.  Spread about 1 tablespoon of yogurt sauce into each pita half.  Add cucumbers, spinach, tomatoes, and 5 or 6 meatballs per half.  Sprinkle each half with 1 tablespoon of feta and serve.

Serves 5-6


  1. Hi Amy,
    These Meatballs look delicious, I am going to try this recipe. A great choice for the SRC, hope you are having a great day.
    Miz Helen
    Group B SRC

  2. So glad you liked the recipe Amy! I haven't made these gyros in forever but I'll be putting them on my list for next week especially since I know I'll have some cucumber and tomatoes to use up.

  3. I love this recipe, Amy - the meatballs look delicious and the yogurt sauce reminds me of tzatziki, a favorite. And I love that you're making your own pita! I've given it a try a few times, but still haven't arrived at a really happy place ;) Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Thanks! Pitas can be tricky! I've found that even using the same recipe it varies batch to batch - pitas are a bit finicky

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  5. gyros are always so tasty. Just love the yogurt sauce and spices.

  6. Yes and please. These look great and I can't wait to try.

  7. These gyro's look amazing! The turkey meatballs are a fantastic addition!

    Stopping by from White Lights on Wednesday (I posted a Watermelon and Cucumber Smoothie - #32)


    Amber @ The Cook's Sister

  8. Yum! And smart idea about wearing gloves. I never do when I make meatloaf, and then it's kinda icky after... :-) Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  9. I love gyros. They're one of my very favorite foods! I love this twist you've put on them. Yum!


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