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 by using this recipe for grilled steak. 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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Grilled Steak Gyros
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
35 mins
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.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
Keyword: beef gyro, gyro, gyro sandwich, pita bread sandwich
Servings: 8
Calories: 427 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  1. Cook the steak over a hot grill until desired doneness. Rest for 10 minutes and slice against the grain.
  2. Assemble the gyros ingredients: sliced steak, pita breads, greens, onion, tomatoes, dressing, and feta cheese.
  3. Allow diners to assemble their own open faced sandwiches, layering meat, greens, onions, and tomatoes on a pita bread. Drizzle with yogurt dressing and sprinkle feta cheese over the top.
Recipe Notes

Promptly store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator, for up to 4 days.

Nutritional values are approximate and based on 1/8 recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Grilled Steak Gyros
Amount Per Serving
Calories 427 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 78mg26%
Sodium 468mg20%
Potassium 521mg15%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 548IU11%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 111mg11%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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

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  1. Ellen says

    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. Michelle says

    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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