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July 31, 2013

Weekend Kitchen: Easy Homemade Gyros on the Grill Recipe with Grilling 24×7

Bratwurst Gyro, courtesy of

I met Grilling 24×7 on Twitter through a mutual friend, South Florida Burger Overload; Grilling 24×7 has got a fantastic blog completely dedicated to grilling, something I’ve yet to develop impressive skills at. So as an avid reader and fan of Grilling 24×7, I asked him to contribute to the Weekend Kitchen here at; and to my delight, he agreed. So this week, just in time to kick off the first weekend in August is Grilling 24×7′s recipe for Easy Homemade Gyros on the Grill.

The Weekend Kitchen at South Florida Food and Wine presents Easy Homemade Gyros on the Grill with Grilling 24×7

Nothing beats a good gyro.  But finding the right blend of ground lamb and pork can be quite difficult, making it hard to recreate this meal yourself.  Here’s a really easy way to bring the gyro taste to your own backyard or tailgate.  The secret to doing this is bratwurst.  This savory sausage can be used in place of authentic gyro meat and the best part is that it’s really easy to grill.

One key to a good gyro is a good tzatziki sauce.  An hour or so before you want to make the gyros start by making this sauce.  Peel a cucumber and scoop out the seeds. Dice the cucumber into small 1/2 inch sized pieces. Place the diced cucumber into a strainer placed in a sink or in another bowl and add 1/2 T salt over top. Mix well. Let the salted cucumber sit for about 30 min (this step removes excess water). Take a paper towel and dry off the cucumber a bit more.  Add cucumber, peeled garlic, lemon juice, dill and a bit of pepper to a food processor and process until smooth. If excess water is present try to dab it up with a paper towel. Mix in the Greek yogurt and let sit in the fridge for about 1 hour.

Preheat grill to medium or medium low heat. Grill bratwurst and let them cool. Prepare onions and tomatoes by slicing them into desired sizes. When the brats are cool slice them lengthwise or on the diagonal as thin as you can. Assemble the gyro by placing the onions, tomato and sliced brats on the flat bread. Top with homemade tzatziki sauce and feta cheese if desired.


  • 1.5 cups Greek yogurt
  • Juice of 1/2 of a lemon
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1/2 T salt
  • 1/2 T chopped dill
  • 1 pack flat bread or pitas (at least 6)
  • 1-2 Tomatoes
  • 1-2 Sweet Onions
  • Feta Cheese
  • 1 pack of bratwurst (5-6 sausages)

John Thomas is the author of the grilling food blog Grilling 24×7. Follow John on Twitter at @grilling24x7

Click here to read last weeks Weekend Kitchen with Y’all Taste This and her Summer Salads



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