Grilled Turkey Gyros

Transform a gyro recipe into a healthy recipe by filling it with turkey and veggies and smothering the gyro in a light cucumber sauce.

Grilled Turkey Gyros
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
25 mins
Grill Time:
6 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • 12 ounce uncooked ground turkey breast

  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion

  • 1 tablespoon fine dry bread crumbs

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 4 whole-wheat pita bread rounds

  • 1 cup thinly sliced cucumber

  • 1 cup diced tomato

  • 2 tablespoon snipped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley

  • 1 recipe Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce

Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce

  • cup plain fat-free yogurt

  • ¼ cup shredded, seeded cucumber

  • 1 tablespoon tahini (sesame seed paste)

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • teaspoon salt


  1. For patties, in a large bowl combine egg, turkey, onion, bread crumbs, garlic, coriander, cumin, salt, and pepper. Shape mixture into 12 patties, flattening each to about 1/2-inch thickness. Brush all sides of the patties with olive oil. Wrap pita bread rounds in foil.

  2. For a charcoal or gas grill, grill patties and foil-wrapped pita bread on the greased rack of a covered grill directly over medium heat about 6 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into each patty registers 165°F* and pitas are heated through, turning once halfway through grilling.

  3. Place three patties on each pita bread round. Top with cucumber slices, tomato, and parsley. Drizzle with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce. Fold pitas around fillings; secure with toothpicks.

Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce

  1. In a small bowl combine yogurt, cucumber, tahini, garlic, and salt. Cover and chill for at least 20 minutes.


The internal color of a burger is not a reliable doneness indicator. A chicken or turkey patty cooked to 165°F is safe, regardless of color. To measure the doneness of a patty, insert an instant-read thermometer through the side to the center of the patty.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

332 Calories
9g Fat
37g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 332
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 95mg 32%
Sodium 560mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 11.2mg 56%
Calcium 141.4mg 11%
Iron 2.5mg 14%
Potassium 383mg 8%
Folate, total 28.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.3mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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