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This low carb gyro recipe is a twist on a traditional gyro and is gluten-free, keto, and whole30. Made with ground beef or ground lamb, this easy-to-make recipe brings that authentic taste of Greece without having to leave your kitchen.
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My love for gyros goes waaaaay back.
There was a Greek place in the mall where I lived in So Cal and the kids and I used to go there all of the time. The pita was warm and soft, the gyro meat was juicy and they packed a ton of it in the sandwich. The tzatziki was amazing, with fresh onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, and dill all piled into it!
Then we moved to Western Washington and low and behold there was a terrific Greek place here too! I was so happy.
Then I went low carb.
So of course I knew my fave Greek sandwich was off the menu.
Are Gyros Keto?
I think we all know the answer to that but let's check it out OK?
With pita clocking in at 20 to 30 grams of carbs for just one pita, ya that would be a big no!
But, you can either buy low carb pita or make the delicious flatbreads in this recipe. No, they are a pocket like your traditional pita, but they are a fabulous wrap that works for this, as well as many other sandwich-type recipes!
As for the rest of the sandwich, the meat, the tzatziki sauce, and the toppings are all keto-friendly so really the only thing holding me back was that dang pita!
I chose to create gyro meatballs for this because ground meat was easier to work with, but am working on a more traditional gyro recipe to share with you soon!
The beauty of this recipe is that, if you chose to not make the flatbread, you can make a gyro bowl to enjoy the favors.
Bonus is this makes a fabulous meal prep idea too, just serve it over cauliflower rice or a bed of greens!
INGREDIENTS NEEDED TO MAKE LOW CARB GYROS
Detailed measurements and instructions can be found on the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page.INGREDIENTS
- Greek yogurt
- Fresh dill
- Pink sea salt
- Fresh cracked black pepper
- Roma tomatoes
- Red onion
- Ground lamb or beef
- Pork rinds
- Dried oregano
- Dried thyme
- Dried basil
- Dried marjoram
- Minced onion
- Minced garlic
- Feta cheese
- Keto flatbreads
HOW TO MAKE LOW CARB GYROS
Place 2 of the chopped cucumbers in a colander, reserving one cucumber for the relish. and sprinkle with salt. Let the cucumbers sit for at least 30 mins to allow them to release their liquid. Roll them in a clean dish towel to squeeze out any excess liquid.
Add the drained cucumbers, garlic, dill, juice of 1 lemon, and some fresh cracked black pepper to the food processor. Process until smooth.
Stir the cucumber mixture into the yogurt. Taste and adjust your salt and pepper if needed. Place in an airtight container and allow to set in the refrigerator. The longer it sits the better it tastes so doing this the day before would work well.
For the relish, in a medium bowl, combine the remaining cucumber, tomato, remaining lemon juice, red onion, 3 tablespoons of the parsley leaves, and extra virgin olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and stir to combine. Cover and place in the refrigerator.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground lamb, or beef, pork rinds, egg, the remaining parsley, oregano, thyme, basil, marjoram, minced onion, and minced garlic. Form into 16 meatballs (I use a small cookie scoop).
STEP 7In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground lamb, or beef, pork rinds, egg, the remaining parsley, oregano, thyme, basil, marjoram, minced onion, and minced garlic. Form into 16 meatballs (I use a small cookie scoop).
Place the meatballs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for about 15 minutes or until cooked through. Cooking time will vary depending on the size of your meatballs.
When the meatballs are cooked through, remove them from the oven to rest. Place the pita directly on the oven rack for 3 to 5 minutes, or until warm.
To assemble the sandwiches, place 4 meatballs in each flatbread, and spoon the relish and Tzatziki on top of the meatballs, and sprinkle with feta cheese.
Wrap in parchment paper, or foil, to serve, they can be a bit messy!
FAQS ABOUT LOW CARB GYROS
Can I use a different ground meat for this Low Carb Gyro?
Absolutely, feel free to swap in your favorite ground meat. I have made this with ground lamb, beef, chicken, turkey, and pork.Can these Low Carb Gyros be made ahead?
If you want to prep so your total time the night of serving is quick I would make the tzatziki sauce the day before, as well as the flatbread. You can also make the meatballs but wait to cook them until right before serving them as reheating can dry them out.How do I store the leftover Low Carb Gyros?
If you have leftovers, store each component separately in an airtight container in the fridge. To reheat warm the flatbreads wrapped in a damp paper towel in the oven or microwave and reheat the meatballs in the oven or microwave as well.
Last thoughts about Low Carb Gyros
As I said above, gyros are one of my favorite sandwiches.
I think I would be hard pressed to choose between my love for these sandwiches and my love for tacos ?
The only reason I don't eat these every dang week is my hubby is not a big fan of Greek food.
I know, I know, what is wrong with this man?
Actually the more I think about it he will give me the "look" when I tell him I am making something Greek, but then when he eats it he always likes it and makes comments like "Wow this tastes so fresh and light".
Hmmmm I am thinking these Low Carb Gyros are going on the menu at LEAST twice a month now!
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