Grilled Steak Gyros (Pita Sandwiches)

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You don’t need to head to the Mediterranean or the mall to enjoy a great gyro. These Grilled Steak Gyros are packed with flavor and are so easy to make.

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When I was a kid, circa 1980, “ethnic food” wasn’t as widespread as it is today. Things are a little fuzzy, but it seems to me that restaurant dining was really dependent on the local community and not widespread trends. I grew up in Los Angeles County, which I seem to think was “cutting edge” and even back then most of us didn’t know our sriracha from our kimchi.

A food experience outside my family food culture was largely the result of knowing someone who knew someone who made something really different. Back in 1980, gyros were that something different. There were food stalls at the mall and there was Pop’s Restaurant. Pop’s was owned by a Persian family — I ended up being good friends in high school with their son — after they sold the property and it was turned into a strip mall. Bummer!

It was at Pop’s that I tasted my first gyro. And I was hooked. Ever since then the search for a great gyro has dominated any mall crawling I might do. I was so disappointed that our local Daphne’s closed. They made a good gyro.

And now, I endeavor to do the same — at home. While these Grilled Steak Gyros aren’t quite the same as the traditional lamb-style gyro, they’re still amazingly good. The combination of feta cheese, yogurt dressing, juicy steak and crisp veggies is such a refreshing meal.

Back in 2009, during a Pantry Challenge, I created this recipe for grilled beef gyros. It has become a family favorite. I don’t make homemade pita that often, but when I do, there are never any leftover, especially when we have these Grilled Steak Gyros for dinner.

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Originally posted November 29, 2010. Updated May 14, 2017.

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About Jessica Fisher

I believe great meals don't have to be complicated or expensive. There's a better way, and it won't take all afternoon.

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Comments

  1. Thanks for this! I was looking for something different to make on our vacation to the mountains next week, and I think I’ve found it! =)

  2. they look AMAZING! I can’t wait to try them, we love gyros & I haven’t found a good recipe yet, we’ll be trying them this week! 🙂

  3. That sounds yummy! I have a bunch of feta cheese to use up!

  4. Holy cow, how did you eat that! It’s enormous! But looks absolutely delicious! Thanks!

  5. Jeanine Bedell says:

    This looks so delicious! I’m making it tonight but I don’t have a grill. What’s the best way to cook the steak and still have it turn out juicy? Not a lot of experience with cooking steak. 🙂

    • I don’t personally have much experience with that, but I know folks who pan sear it in a cast iron pan or use the broiler. Do you have a generic all-purpose cookbook? That will probably explain both methods.

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