The Best Lamb/Gyro Burgers Ever

I know some of you get stressed out by the idea of meal planning. I even had myself second guessing whether I was crazy that I find meal planning calming. But after flying home Sunday evening to an empty pantry and fridge, we grabbed dinner out at Mac’s. Yesterday morning, still not having time to shop, I ate a single egg for breakfast then Hailey and I grabbed lunch at Chipotle. My stress level was rising. No plan, spending money out, not knowing what’s for dinner. That, my friends, is way more stressful than an hour of meal planning.

meal prep- grains

So I took advantage of nap time by planning out our week of meals.

Monday – Gyro Burgers & Salad

Tuesday – Chicken Burrito Bowls

Wednesday – Chopped Salad with Chicken

Thursday – Shrimp Pasta with Quinoa Noodles & Salad

Friday – Homemade Veggie Pizza

I also prepped what I had on hand- quinoa, brown rice and watermelon. I felt my stress level began to drop.

Once Hailey was up, we took off for grocery shopping. I’ll admit, it got a little crazy. We hit up The Meat House (best chicken ever), Josh’s Farmers Market, Target and Harris Teeter. Yes, that’s extreme.

meal prep- shopping done

Total haul $99.27

Putting away food and seeing the fridge fill up, knowing that the whole week was planned, solidified by belief in meal planning. Then, I got to work on dinner.

gyro burgers- ingredients

I wanted to make one of David’s favorites after he had been such a rock star dad by playing with Hailey all weekend while I hung out with the girls. It didn’t take long for me to pick the perfect man-pleasing meal.

gyro burgers

The flavor in these burgers is UNREAL.

gyro burgers- mix by hand

Wash your hands and get in there. You want it thoroughly mixed without overworking the meat. Divide into 4 long patties.

gyro burgers- 4 patties

Pan fry them over medium heat with cooking spray or a little olive oil for about 3-4 minutes per side, until cooked through.

Serve them on pita bread with tomato, cucumber and this dip-

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Of course you can use Tzatziki, but this dip was incredible.

These totally hit the spot and we devoured them in no time. I’m sure you could use ground beef or maybe even ground turkey, but the lamb makes them taste truly authentic.

greek style gyro burger

Greek-Style Gyro Burgers
Serves: 4 burgers
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The flavor bursting out of these gyro lamb burgers is so incredible that toppings aren't even necessary. Absolutely delicious!
  • 1 lb. ground lamb
  • ¼ cup minced red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1½ tsp. cumin
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  1. Add all ingredients to a large bowl. Using your hands, mix until well-combined, being careful not to overwork the meat.
  2. Form into 4 patties that fit the size of the pita bread you are using.
  3. Pan fry over medium heat, about 5 minutes per side, until cooked through.
  4. Serve on pita bread with cucumbers slices, tomato and tzatziki.


Do you ever use more exotic meats, like lamb or bison, at home?

Why or why not?



  1. Tricia says

    I make those exact burgers all the time. We love gyro burgers. I usually make my yogurt dip but now I realize they sell a similar dip to what you had at Trader Joe’s. Just cut my prep time down. I also bought the quinoa noodles since you had mentioned them but have yet to use them. Looking for a good recipe. Did you know they also sell that same brand of macaroni and cheese? I have yet to try it with my daughter but I definitely bought it!! A $4 box of mac and cheese. Yikes!

    • Brittany Dixon says

      No, I haven’t seen the mac and cheese kind! I’ll have to look for it, though, like you said, $4 for a box of mac means she better love it 😉

  2. Jayme says

    I love these meal planning posts! I’ve adopted your Sunday ritual of meal planning, shopping, and prepping and it eases my stress level, too. Please keep these coming – they inspire me!

    • Brittany Dixon says

      Thanks so much for the feedback! It’s nice to hear they are helpful. Hooray for food prep!

  3. says

    We love occasionally treating ourselves to bison burgers or lamb burgers as well! My husband likes to try anything and everything, so he’s also grilled up frog legs and is always on the look out for deals on exotic meats to try.
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  4. says

    I really like bison, but we can rarely find it around here. I’ve never been a big fan of lamb, but I think I might like it the way that you’ve fixed it here with all the spices and seasoning. Those look wonderful :)
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  5. Kelli D. says

    Do these really taste like Gyros? I love Gyros with real ground lamb but can’t stand the taste of lamb chops. I would hate to spend the money on ground lamb and then have it taste “gamey” like lamb chops. They look really good though!

    • Brittany Dixon says

      Not gamey at all! To be honest, I can’t remember the last time I had a real gyro (still begging to visit Greece one day ;)), but these are freaking great. I mean it. I’m a little weird about venison, quail and such, but these are pure deliciousness. Please try them and let me know what you think!

  6. Jodi says

    I made chili Sunday using ground bison from Teeter! Delicious! We have a similar route for shopping… Josh’s, teeter, meat house. Target is a luxury if I can find time w two kiddos. The meat house is awesome! I get their plain chicken breast freezer packed individually. We even call ahead and they have it ready for us. Their salmon is great as well as tun- both wild caught. If you ever do tilapia, their frozen is pretty good, downfall it’s farm raised. Love that place! Spices are great too.. Great price for what you get! Can you tell we love it there!?!:)

    • Brittany Dixon says

      I’m obsessed with The Meat House, too! Have you tried their chicken marinated in their own Meat House seasonings? We are a bit obsessed with it right now- so juicy and delicious.

  7. Nicole says

    Did you get the yogurt dip at Target? Was it by deli meat and hummus? I want to find it and buy it! :)

  8. says

    I love when I read food blogs and they say, “This will please your husband” and I’m thinking, “Wait. This is MY kind of meal”. I must eat like a man :)

    Also, I meal planned this week. And by meal plan, I mean I chopped up a watermelon and bought some pre-made TJ’s salads for my lunch. Baby steps.
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    • Brittany Dixon says

      I’ve thought about posting the grocery list, too, but didn’t want to seem too crazy with the details. Maybe I’ll do it in the future?! Thanks for the idea! :)


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