At the end of a long day, the last thing you want to make is a complex, time-consuming recipe. Cue Greek Turkey Meatball Gyros. These gyro meatballs bring all of the flavor of a difficult recipe but take under 30 minutes to make. I also discuss three different ways to make the meatballs: in a pan, in the oven, and in an Air Fryer. This recipe is based off of one of my favorites from Joyful Healthy Eats.
Greek Turkey Meatball Gyro
Yield: 4 Gyros
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
1 lb ground turkey
1/4 cup finely diced red onion
2 minced garlic cloves
1 tsp oregano
1 cup finely chopped spinach
2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup Tzatziki sauce (see Note 1)
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
1 cup sliced tomato
1/2 cup spinach leaves
1 cup sliced cucumber
4 pita flatbreads (see Note 2)
How to Make It
- Add ground turkey, diced red onion, garlic, oregano, chopped spinach, and olive oil into a large bowl. Mix together all ingredients until they are thoroughly combined.
- Using your hands, form 1 inch meatballs. You should be able to get ~12 meatballs.
- Heat a large skillet to medium heat and add 1 tbsp of olive oil. Add meatballs and cook each side for 3-4 minutes until they are lightly browned on all sides (see Note 3).
- While the meatballs are cooking, prepare the filling for your gyros by slicing the onions, cucumber, and tomato.
- Assemble gyros by spreading 2-3 tbsp of Tzatziki onto a pita, layering vegetables, and adding meatballs on top.
Note 2: I use Papa Pita white Greek pita flatbreads from Ralphs.
Note 3: You can cook the meatballs in three different ways. To cook in a pan, follow the recipe above. To cook in the oven, set the oven to 350°F and cook for 15 minutes on a non-stick pan, flipping halfway through. To cook in the Air Fryer, preheat at 400°F for 3 minutes and cook at 400°F for 14 minutes, flipping halfway through.