Okay, imagine a hamburger and a taco got married and went on a honeymoon. Nine months later … a happy, healthy gyro enters the world.
Yes, a gyro slightly resembles a hamburger … acts kinda like a taco … but is its own individual Greek food.
A Gyro (correctly pronounced “yee-ro”) is a traditional greek sandwich that is made with delicious beef or beef and lamb meats seasoned with zesty spices, thinly sliced and piled high on fluffy homemade pita bread. It is then typically topped with tomato, onion, lettuce and a flavorful yogurt-based cucumber sauce called tzatziki (“zaa-zee-kee” … wasn’t that a character in “The Lion King”?!). The name comes from Greek γύρος ("turn"), a calque of the Turkish name döner kebab.
You typically eat a gyro by wrapping the pita bread around the meat and toppings, then trying your best to not have the whole darn thing end up on your lap. Yes, they’re a little messy. Yes, you’re gonna need lots of napkins. No, this is not going to stop you from eating them. Use your fingers. Have fun! That’s part of the gyro experience!