Chicken Gyro Sliders


Chicken Gyro Sliders are full size gyros shrunk down to a fun, handheld size.

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A few weekends ago a couple girlfriends and I were sitting around the kitchen table chatting, as old friends do, while our husbands stood around the grill outdoors flipping burgers for dinner and, I don’t know, doing things that husbands of old friends do (read: staying out of our hair!)

Not long after we sat down, one of my friends reached into a bag filled with munchies and goodies that she’d brought along to serve with the main meal. We’ll just have a little snack first… we all decided, and selected a bag of tortilla chips plus containers of fresh salsa, guacamole, and French Onion Dip to dunk ’em in.

Wouldn’t you know, not more than 20 minutes later those tortilla chips and containers of salsa, guacamole, and French Onion Dip were nearly GONE. Finito. Cashed! By the three of us! Granted, there were a few toddlers helping out here and there but, by and large, our snacky, chatty faces had done the most damage.

What is it with us women and our chips and dip? We just go crazy for ’em!

Anyway, while clearing away the salsa and guacamole graveyard, the girls and I started talking about other dips we’re obsessed with, and Tzatziki Sauce got brought into the conversation. According to one of my friends, thick and tangy plain yogurt mixed with shredded cucumber, a hint of garlic, and a squeeze of lemon juice is just as good of a cracker dip as it is topping for a piping hot gyro. Who knew?

I haven’t been able to get that cool and creamy sauce off my mind since then, but thought I’d keep the crackers on the shelf, and instead dollop it on top of handheld Chicken Gyro Sliders.

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Chicken Gyro Sliders have all the flavor of a hot gyro topped with signature tzatziki sauce, except they’re shrunk down to a fun, handheld slider-size and made with lean ground chicken breast. These babies are fast, fresh, and fun. Plus I could just spontaneously combust over the cuteness that is mini pitas. Thank you, Trader Joe’s!

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Start the Chicken Gyro Sliders by making the Tzatziki Sauce. First peel and seed 1/2 cucumber, then shred it up and squeeze the shreds in a clean kitchen towel to remove excess moisture. You’d be shocked by how much liquid come outta there!

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Next combine the cucumber shreds with 6oz plain Greek yogurt and 1 minced garlic clove.  

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Add in generous amounts of both salt and pepper, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. 

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Finally add 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar (I used rice vinegar) and 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil. 

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Mix everything up then place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to give the flavors time to meld. You could do this up to a couple days ahead of time, too.

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Next get those burgers ready. In a large bowl combine 1lb 99% fat-free ground chicken breast with 2 minced garlic cloves and 1 teaspoon lemon zest (be sure to zest the lemon before slicing and squeezing into the tzatziki sauce.)

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Then add a bevy of spices including 1 teaspoon dried oregano and 1/4 teaspoon each dried thyme, onion powder, and cumin. 

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Toss in a generous amount of salt and pepper then split the mixture into 8 patties and cook for 3-4 minutes a side on a grill or hot skillet sprayed with non-stick spray. Be sure to spray the uncooked side before flippin’!

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Let the patties rest for about 5 minutes while you get the toppings ready. I just love this picture, btw. I mean, how can a meal be bad when it’s made with ingredients that look this good?!

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Place the sliders on split mini pitas (again, found at Trader Joe’s) then top with a slice of tomato, cucumber, red onion, and a big ol’ scoop of that tzatzki sauce, natch!

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Chicken Gyro Sliders

Serves 4


Chicken Gyro Sliders are full size gyros shrunk down to a fun, handheld size.


  • 1lb lean ground chicken
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • salt & pepper (lots)
  • Toppings: sliced cucumber, tomatoes, and red onions
  • 8 mini pitas, sliced in half
  • For the Tzatziki Sauce:
    • 1/2 cucumber, peeled and seeded
    • 6oz plain Greek yogurt
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar (I used rice vinegar)
    • Salt and pepper
    • Juice from 1/2 lemon


  1. Shred cucumber then place into a clean kitchen towel and squeeze excess moisture out. Place into a large bowl then add remainingTzatziki Sauce ingredients (be sure to zest lemon for burgers before adding juice to sauce) and stir. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Combine ground chicken, garlic, lemon zest, and spices in a large bowl then divide mixture into quarters, and then divide each quarter in half for 8 sections. Spray skillet with nonstick spray then form each section into a patty one at a time and add to hot skillet. Cook for 3-4 minutes a side, or until cooked all the way through, spraying uncooked side with nonstick spray before flipping. Remove from skillet and let sit for 5 minutes then stack on sliced mini pitas and top with sliced tomato, cucumber, red onion, and prepared Tzatziki Sauce.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,

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I kept the Greek theme running throughout this meal, and served a big cucumber, tomato, and red onion salad on the side, dressed with an olive oil-based Italian dressing. Fresh, easy, and fast.

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If you can’t find mini pitas where you live, place these sliders onto small buns, or stuff 2 of ’em into regular size pitas. Enjoy!

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  1. I love cooking with Greek yogurt, it’s so versatile and healthy. The sauce sounds so tasty and perfect for this time of year and those little pitas are adorable!!

  2. Karla 04.29.2013

    “Gryo” should be “Gyro” in the first pic right? Those are very cute mini pitas!! Wish we had a Trader Joe’s in IC or Coralville…..

  3. these look so good. and like you could have seconds and not feel too bad… ;)

  4. Sarah Jane 04.29.2013

    I am loving these unique burger recipes! Summer grilling is starting and I don’t want it to stop :)

  5. How cute! This makes me want to have a dinner party and have everyone bring a different slider: Greek, American, Asian, possibilities could be endless. That would be a fun party!

    • Dena 04.30.2013

      That is a GREAT idea. Thanks! Sounds like the perfect summer deck get together. Maybe with a big pitcher of Sangria front and center! :)

    • Iowa Girl Eats 04.30.2013

      Agreed – what an fun idea!!

  6. I love Gyros, and the sauce…Yum!

  7. Tieghan 04.29.2013

    These looks perfect! So cute and SO delicious looking! I want one NOW!

  8. Marcie@flavorthemoments 04.29.2013

    Oh, this is good! I’m Greek, so naturally I love Greek food. This is such a great spin on a gyro. This is packed with goodness!

  9. richard bennett 04.29.2013

    At least in Califonia TJ’s carries ready made tzatzki sauce making the prep even faster.

    It will be interesting to see if anyone who comments has ever made the recipe.

    • Sadye 04.30.2013

      I have a bunch of Trader Joe’s tzatziki sauce left over from making Sarcastic Cooking’s lighter tuna salad (swap it out for the mayo!), so this recipe is perfectly timed … I’ll come back once I’ve made these sliders and be the one to announce whether taking a shortcut was a dud or acceptable.

  10. What?! Mini pitas? For the LOVE why don’t we have Trader Joe’s here?!?!?! By the way these look fabulous.

  11. Ja @Ja on the RUN 04.29.2013

    Gyro looks yummy!

    Typical scenario too here at home when we have parties. Husbands gather outside at the grill and the wives chit chat with chips and salsa and glass of wine. Lol. :)

  12. Yummm I love tzatziki sauce! I use it to top my chickpea burgers :)

  13. Jess 04.29.2013

    I love those mini pitas! I don’t think I can find them, but you’re right, these would be just as tasty in regular pitas….slightly lower on the fun scale though. My girlfriends and I love the chips and dips so much that we totally used to make a whole dinner of it when we lived together – dips and drinks – it was my favorite!

  14. I just made tzatziki sauce for the first time last week and had to share my recipe as well – it’s such a perfect dip for warm weather! And so simple :)

  15. Jodea @ 04.30.2013

    I’m heading to the land of tzatziki on Thursday for Greek Easter! These sliders look amazing. I’m having a garden party in May and these would be perfect on the menu.

    My favourite way to enjoy tzatziki, apart from in a gyros, is scooped up on Greek bread that’s been seared on the grill and drizzled with olive oil, topped with oregano. Sigh.

  16. Yummy these look great and so cute I love how tiny they are, they’d be great for a party :)

  17. Dip and chips cannot be set in front of me without considerable damage being done. Love these sliders too!

  18. I see a new recipe that’s going on my weekly menu! Love the photos too!

  19. Erin 04.30.2013

    Well, I was GOING to just bake chicken and asparagus for supper tonight, but now that I’ve seen this recipe, I’m makin’ sliders! I have everything on hand, too! Thanks for the recipe!

  20. 58Teresa 04.30.2013

    don’t forget the dill in your Tzatziki sauce – opps (ssshhhh – trade secret!)

  21. Julia Jolliff 04.30.2013

    I love Tzatziki sauce! It is so good on almost anything. These little sliders look awesome!

  22. Ani 04.30.2013

    These look to die for!! Growing up in an Armenian household, I have always loved the flavors of the Mediterranean. Will definitely be making these soon.

  23. Used to love gyros, but I stopped eating red meat. This is the perfect solution!

  24. I don’t even want to know how many of these I could eat for dinner!

  25. Trisha 04.30.2013

    1. Soooo cute!
    2. Drooling!

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  27. Samantha 05.01.2013

    Mmmm I am obsessed with Greek food. I’m going to try these ASAP.

    I also put a little dill in my tzatziki, as someone mentioned above.

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