One of my favorite grilling dinners tonight: ground beef gyros. Greek spiced ground beef patties served in homemade pitas with tzatziki sauce, tomatoes, and feta cheese. I’m making a double batch to take to a neighbor who just had a baby! I’ll give directions for a single batch though.

To start, heat your grill to high. While it heats, combine half an onion, 2 garlic cloves, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 pepper, and 1 slice of sandwich bread.

Process to form a fine mince. Scrape down the bowl.

Add 1 pound ground beef and pulse until just combined.

Turn the meat out and use a portion scoop to make 10 to 12 scoops.

Press them into patties.

Place on the grill and cook 5 minutes, then flip and cook 3 minutes more.

Remove the patties to a plate or tray.

Next up, the sauce. Peel half a cucmber and scoop out the seeds. 

Cut into thin strips, and then into dice.

Combine the cucumber with 1 cup greek yogurt, 1/2 a minced garlic clove, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1 tablespoon minced fresh dill.

Serve in pitas with tomatoes and feta cheese. When tomatoes are not in season, small cherry or grape tomatoes are going to be the most delicious choice.

When making dinners for neighbors, I place each person’s serving in a take out container (I got them at costco), so they won’t have any dishes or anything!

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