Healthy Greek Gyro Recipe for Kids

meat with vegetables in pita bread
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Total Time: 35 min
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 25 min
Servings: 6 (1 pita)

Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

273 calories
6g fat
29g carbs
29g protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 (1 pita)
Amount per serving  
Calories 273
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 51mg 17%
Sodium 591mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 3g  
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 29g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 175mg 13%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 462mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Whether you are a fan of Greek food or not, these healthy Greek gyros are delicious and could easily take up a spot on your family’s regular dinner rotation. You can put a Greek spin on them by serving them with a tzatziki (cucumber) sauce and pita bread, or you can serve it alone or with mayonnaise on a sandwich. And for cooking, you can bake it like a meatloaf, or for quicker cooking, the turkey mixture divides perfectly into twelve muffin cups.

Some kids like to enjoy this dish as a “turkey meatloaf” muffin or sliced in a pita with mayonnaise, and others enjoy it as a Greek salad. We cut the meat into bite-sized pieces, add some torn fresh spinach, feta, and cherry tomatoes, then top it with the tzatziki sauce.

And what could make these Healthy Greek Gyros, made with lean ground turkey and spinach, even more appealing? You can mix all of the ingredients for the meat mixture and freeze it to defrost and cook on another night. So when you have plenty of time to assemble meals, add this one to the list. When you’d like to serve the gyros, take the mixture out of the freezer two to three days prior so that it can defrost. Then all you have to do is shape it into a meatloaf form (or divide it into the muffin tin cups) and cook.


  • 1 pound ground turkey (lean)
  • 10 ounces spinach (frozen package; thawed and squeezed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 pinches ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese (crumbled)
  • 1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cucumber (grated and pressed in a kitchen towel to remove extra moisture)
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 3/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 6 pitas (whole wheat)


  1. Place all ingredients for the meat (turkey, spinach, seasoning, cumin, chili powder, coriander, oregano, cinnamon, feta cheese) into a large bowl and mix together. Shape into a loaf or divide evenly between 12 greased muffin cups.

  2. Bake at 425 F for about 25 to 30 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into the center registers 165 F. If using the muffin tins, cook for about 15 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into the center registers 165 F.

  3. While the turkey is cooking, make your tzatziki sauce. Mix the yogurt, cucumber, lemon, garlic, ​and cumin together then refrigerate.

  4. Wrap the pitas in foil and place in the oven with your baking turkey for a few minutes to warm them up.

  5. When the turkey is done, slice it. Add the sliced turkey into your pita. Then add any optional ingredients that you choose or others that your family would enjoy and top with tzatziki sauce.

Ingredient Variations and Substitutions

Optional ingredients for topping your gyro include:

  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Sliced cucumber
  • Romaine or spinach

If you don’t have grill seasoning on hand, adding salt and pepper to taste will work.

Cooking and Serving Tips

If you plan to freeze your meat mixture for cooking on another day, first label a gallon sized freezer bag with “Greek Gyro Meat,” the date, and “bake at 425F 25 to 30 minutes or until 165F.” If you plan to use the muffin tin, you would write “bake at 425 F 15 minutes or until 165 F.” Then add all ingredients to the bag and mix in the bag. Remove as much air as you can, and freeze it as flat as possible for quicker defrosting. It’s best to use the meal within three months. You may want to keep a list of all of your freezer meals in your freezer along with the original freezing date to help you keep track of the meals. As you use them, scratch them off of the list.

If your ground turkey comes in a 1 1/4-pound package, you can use the whole package without adjusting the other ingredients.

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