Turkey Meatball Gyros


Serving Size:
4 meatballs, 1/2 pita, 2-1/2 tablespoons sauce, 1/2 tablespoon feta

    Diet Types:
  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Diabetes
  • Dialysis


  • 1/2 cup cucumber
  • 1 cup plain Greek nonfat yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (divided use)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 4 whole wheat pita breads, 6-1/2-inch diameter
  • 1 cup baby lettuce mix
  • 4 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 425˚ F.
  2. Dice the cucumber. Mix it together with the Greek yogurt, garlic powder, dill, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper and lemon juice to make tzatziki sauce. Cover and place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, breadcrumbs, egg, garlic, cumin and remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Mix well. Using a tablespoon to measure, roll into 32 meatballs.
  4. Place the meatballs on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until browned and temperature reaches 165˚ F with a meat thermometer.
  5. Remove meatballs from the oven and let rest 5 to 10 minutes.
  6. Cut each pita in half. Spread about 2-1/2 tablespoons of the tzatziki in a pita half, add 4 of the meatballs, 2 tablespoons lettuce and 1/2 tablespoon of feta cheese. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

Helpful hints

  • Flatbread may be substituted for the pita bread. Compare brands and look for the lowest sodium option. To keep the balance in carbohydrates limit to 15 g-18 g of carbohydrate per serving in the flatbread, may need to cut in half.
  • One tablespoons of diced tomatoes may be added to the pita. This will add about 30 mg of potassium to the serving.

Nutrients per serving

Calories 229

Protein 20 g

Carbohydrates 23 g

Fat 7 g

Cholesterol 68 mg

Sodium 274 mg

Potassium 286 mg

Phosphorus 246 mg

Calcium 84 mg

Fiber 2.2 g

Kidney and kidney diabetic food choices

  • 2 meat
  • 1-1/2 starch

Carbohydrate choices


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