Greek Turkey Meatball Gyro

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.

Step 3, cooking the meatballs in the Air Fryer
Take a bite!

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

  1. 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.
  2. Using your hands, form 1 inch meatballs. You should be able to get ~12 meatballs.
  3. 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).
  4. While the meatballs are cooking, prepare the filling for your gyros by slicing the onions, cucumber, and tomato.
  5. Assemble gyros by spreading 2-3 tbsp of Tzatziki onto a pita, layering vegetables, and adding meatballs on top.

Note 1: You can make your own Tzatziki sauce, but I purchase mine from Ralphs.

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.

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