Lamb Gyros

lamb gyros
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  • 4Servings


  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 1/4 pounds ground lamb
  • 1 slice bread, finely crumbled
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 poblano chiles or Cubanelle peppers, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 pitas or other flatbread
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees . Combine the yogurt, mayonnaise and 1/4 teaspoon ginger; season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the lamb, bread, 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon ginger; season with salt and pepper. Form into 4-inch patties. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Cook the patties until just firm, about 6 minutes on each side. Transfer to a plate.

In the same skillet, add the poblanos, onion, garlic and remaining 1 teaspoon cumin; season with salt and pepper. Cook over medium-low heat until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Wrap the pita in foil and keep warm in the oven.

Chop up the lamb patties and add to the pan, increasing the heat to medium-high. Cook the vegetables until golden, about 3 minutes. Stir in the parsley.

Top a warmed pita with the reserved yogurt sauce and lamb mixture and fold over.