Gyro Spiced Meatballs and Tzatziki Recipe

March 17, 2016

Time for a satisfying protein recipe?  Need a lunch or dinner that’s full of flavor and super filling?  Something new and different?  Here ya’ go…

You can make meatballs, patties, or loaf….or even crumbly fry this off in a pan. The secret is to fry, bake, or broil the meat until it’s almost done – there will be some carryover heat and it will finish cooking out of the pan. This way your ground meats, especially, will stay nice and softly moist.

Super easy, very fast, and they are wonderfully wrapped in some buttery soft lettuce leaves with my Tzatziki Sauce (recipe below).

Gyro Spiced Meatballs


  • 1 pound ground sirloin or turkey
  • 2 large cloves garlic, crushed (thru a garlic press)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 2 tablespoons half & half
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


In a large bowl combine the meat, garlic, salt, onion powder, oregano, allspice, half & half, and black pepper. Fry into two-tablespoon-sized meatballs or form into patties or loaf and bake off. Makes 6 servings.

With ground sirloin:
Per Serving: 213 Cal; 23 g Protein; 13 g Total Fat; 0 g Carb; 0 g Fiber; 0 g Sugar; 246 mg Sodium

With ground turkey (mixed light and dark):
Per Serving: 133 Cal; 22 g Protein; 6 g Total Fat; 0 g Carb; 0 g Fiber; 0 g Sugar; 294 mg Sodium

Tzatziki Sauce


  • 3/4 cup thick plain yogurt such as Fage (or drain plain yogurt very well)
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeded and grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Splenda
  • 1 teaspoon dried or 2 Tablespoons fresh dill weed
  • Kosher salt and black pepper


In a small mixing bowl blend together the yogurt, sour cream, grated cucumber, garlic powder, Splenda, dill weed. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Chill. This is best if made several hours in advance.

Makes 6 servings. Per Serving: 31 Cal; 2 g Protein; 1g Total Fat; 3 g Carbs; 2 g Sugar; 25 mg Sodium

Originally Published on Eating Well Living Thin, reprint shared with permission of Linda Farnsworth.



Linda Farnsworth had RNY in 2004 and lost 208 pounds. Linda loves to cook and create recipes, so she was concerned with her new way of life that hobby would be behind her. On her blog, Eating Well...Living Thin, you will find something that everyone you cook for will love plus serving suggestions. She now believes healthy eating CAN include comfort food!

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