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Zesty Gyros with Homemade Lamb Gyro Meat

Zesty Gyros with Homemade Lamb Gyro Meat Recipe – The secret for enjoying the best authentic Greek-style gyros at home is our easy lamb meatloaf recipe, made in the oven with no spit roaster required!

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Perfect for lunch or dinner, or even as a super hefty snack, there is no wrong time to enjoy a delicious Greek gyro!

I love watching gyros being prepared at Greek diners and food trucks. There’s something so satisfying about seeing paper-thin slivers of crusty spinning lamb gyro being precisely shaved, then piled on fluffy pita bread with cold veggies and yogurt sauce. Each one is like an edible work of art!

Homemade gyros might seem intimidating after you’re used to enjoying them being expertly-made at your favorite spots. But guess what?! You absolutely can easily make fabulous lamb gyros at home… No vertical broiler required!

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The Best Gyros with Easy Homemade Lamb Gyro Meat

A truly great gyro balances hot and cold ingredients with bright Mediterranean flavors and crave-worthy textures.

Our recipe for incredibly easy, deliciously zesty Gyros with Homemade Lamb Gyro Meat has everything you want in an authentic Greek gyro.

Tender, juicy, hot strips of meat are tightly wrapped in a soft, warm pita with cool and crunchy lettuce, onion, and ripe tomato. It all gets topped with salty crumbled feta cheese and cold, tangy tzatziki. Every bite includes this perfect combination that is somehow both satisfying and leaves you wanting more.

Is your mouth watering yet?!

So what’s the secret to making the best Lamb Gyro Meat at home in your oven, without a spit, doner, or vertical broiler?

You simply make a quick lamb meatloaf to use in your homemade gyros! I promise, it’s so easy to do and tastes just as good, if not better, than the restaurant-style lamb gyros you know and love.

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What Ingredients You Need

What you need to make the Easiest Lamb Gyro Meat Recipe:

  • Ground lamb
  • Red onion
  • Spices – Italian seasoning, salt, garlic powder, black pepper

Dried Italian Seasoning blend is the easiest way to add all the necessary herbs in one ingredient. You can make your own herb blend by mixing together dried basil, marjoram, oregano, rosemary, and thyme.

For the complete Homemade Gyro Recipe:

  • Pocketless gyro pitas (or flat bread)
  • Tomatoes
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Red onion
  • Crumbled feta cheese
  • Mint leaves or fresh dill
  • Tzatziki sauce – store-bought or homemade
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How to Make the Best Lamb Gyro Meat at Home

By making lamb gyro meat as a meatloaf, you are able to bake lamb and seasonings as one lovely piece of meat that can be shaved thin. Then you simply place pieces under the broiler, for just a minute or so, to create the iconic crusty edges of traditional lamb gyros.

Here’s how to make the best juicy and tender Greek-Style Lamb Gyro Meat:

  1. First, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and set out a 9X5 inch loaf pan lined with foil.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground lamb, grated red onion, and all herbs and spices. Mix by hand until smooth.
  3. Then press the seasoned meat mixture firmly and evenly into the loaf pan. Bake for about half an hour. This is the perfect time to prep all of the toppings for the gyros!
  4. Once fulled baked, carefully lift the meatloaf out of the pan by and edges of the foil. Be sure to drain off any juices, and place the meatloaf on a cutting board. Peel off the foil, and allow to rest until you’re ready to slice and serve or broil.

This lamb gyro meatloaf recipe makes enough meat for about 8 gyros. You can keep leftover gyro meat in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

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Authentic Homemade Lamb Gyros

Assembling authentic Greek-style gyros is surprisingly easy. Follow our steps to become a gyro-wrapping pro in no time!

When you’re ready to enjoy, first slice the lamb gyro meatloaf into extra-thin strips.

PRO TIP: You can use the soft meat strips as-is. Yet, to get the traditional crispy edges, created by a vertical broiler rotisserie, lay the gyro strips on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Set the pan under the broiler for just a few minutes until the gyro meat looks dark and crispy.

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Warm the pitas in the microwave for 30-60 seconds to get them nice and soft. Lay the pieces of warmed pita on large strips of parchment paper and/or foil.

Next, sprinkle a small amount of shaved lettuce on the pitas. Top them with several strips of gyro meat. Then sprinkle with tomatoes, onions, feta, and mint leaves. Gently wrap the pitas, leaving the top exposed on one end and carefully twisting the other end of the paper or foil to keep the gyro contained.

Serve with plenty of tzatziki sauce on the side.

These Lamb Gyros are excellent for enjoying with refreshing Horiatiki – Greek Village Salads!

Get the Complete Zesty Gyros with Homemade Lamb Gyro Meat Recipe Below. Enjoy!

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What Other Toppings Are Best On Lamb Gyros?

While lettuce, onion, and tomatoes are the most traditional toppings, you certainly can feel free to add other yummy goodies to your gyros. Try them with diced cucumbers, sliced Greek olives, sliced red bell peppers, any type of fresh herb leaves, or other fresh veggies.

Can I Make Homemade Gyro Meat Without Lamb?

While pure ground lamb tastes the most authentic, you certainly can use ground beef, pork, or turkey in this recipe.

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Zesty Gyros with Homemade Lamb Gyro Meat

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Zesty Gyros with Homemade Lamb Gyro Meat Recipe – The secret for enjoying the best authentic Greek-style gyros at home is our easy lamb meatloaf recipe, made in the oven with no spit roaster required!
Servings: 8 gyros

Ingredients

For the Gyro Meat Recipe

For the complete Gyro Recipe

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Set out a 9X5 inch loaf pan and line it with foil.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground lamb, grated red onion, and all herbs and spices. Mix by hand until smooth.
  • Press the meat mixture firmly and evenly into the loaf pan.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, prep all the toppings for the gyros.
  • Carefully lift the meatloaf out of the pan by and edges of the foil. Drain off any juices. Place the meatloaf on a cutting board and peel off the foil.
  • Use an electric knife (or serrated knife) to slice the lamb gyro loaf into extra-thin strips.
  • You can use the soft meat strips as-is. Yet, to get the traditional crispy edges, created by a vertical broiler rotisserie, lay the gyro strips on a foil lined rimmed baking sheet. Set under the broiler for 2-4 minutes until the gyro meat looks dark and crispy. (Keep an eye on it!)
  • Then warm the pitas in the microwave for 30-60 seconds.
  • Sprinkle a small amount of shaved lettuce on the pitas. Top them with several strips of gyro meat. Then sprinkle with tomatoes, onions, feta, and mint leaves. Serve with plenty of Tzatziki Sauce.

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Notes

Use can use ground beef, pork, or turkey in this recipe, but it tastes the most authentic with pure ground lamb.
*Dried Italian Seasoning blend is the easiest way to add all the necessary herbs in one ingredient.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gyro, Calories: 564kcal, Carbohydrates: 39g, Protein: 27g, Fat: 33g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Cholesterol: 96mg, Sodium: 1206mg, Potassium: 463mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 825IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 194mg, Iron: 4mg
Course: Lunch, Main, Main Course, Sandwiches
Cuisine: Greek
Author: Sommer Collier

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4 comments on “Zesty Gyros with Homemade Lamb Gyro Meat”

  1. First time making a lamb recipe. This is super easy to make. I will definitely make again.

  2. This is really good! Packed full of amazing flavors!

  3. Incredible flavors going on! We loved these for dinner! 

  4. One of the best gyro meat recipes that I have found in a long time!