Homemade Gyros Recipe and Gyro Meat from The Food Charlatan. (2024)

Make your favorite American-style Greek gyros at home! This gyro meat recipe combines ground beef and lamb to get that distinctive flavor you find at Greek restaurants. The texture is meatloaf-style rather than restaurant-style, but the flavors are on point. Doing it this way saves tons of time. Top with Tzatziki Sauce, tomatoes, onions, and cucumbers! Originally published February 21, 2020.

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Table of Contents
  1. Gyro Recipe Made Easier
  2. What is Gyro Meat?
  3. Greek Gyro ingredients
  4. How to make Gyro Meat
  5. How to Make Gyros
  6. Gyros Recipe tips
  7. How to store and reheat this Gyro Recipe
  8. Serving Gyros
  9. Greek Gyro Recipe FAQ
  10. Greek Gyro with Homemade Gyro Meat Recipe

We heard a giant crash and a scream last night. I ran into the room to find my 3-year-old daughter Valentine buried under the dresser. The scariest moment as a parent, right?? She is okay, just a scrape and maybe some light emotional scarring. Just kidding! I’m sure she will forget about it soon, I hope?? Eric has since bolted the dresser to the wall. There are so many things to feel anxious or guilty about as a parent, but not having the dresser bolted wasn’t even on the list!

I’ve spent the last couple days reading my mom’s journal from when she was about my age: she had just had her fifth baby (me!) and I’ve just had my fourth, and our days are spent corralling children. It’s actually not a journal, it’s a bunch of letters sent to her best friend, who had just moved far away. Because let’s be real, moms with 4 or 5 kids don’t have time to journal!

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It is shocking how similar our problems, successes, struggles, and joys are. I guess motherhood is motherhood, right? If we went back 500 years would it read the same? My mom just finished telling the story about how she was carrying a pot of boiling potatoes to the sink to drain it, and ran into my brother, who was 4. Can you imagine accidentally spilling boiling water all over your son?? Gah! It makes me feel a little better about not having the dresser bolted.

Here are a few excerpts from her letters, in italics. You moms will be able to relate:

Yesterday I got in a huge fight with my oldest, took away $5 that I owed him, and now I can’t remember the slightest detail. This led, of course, to the conclusion that I’m a worthless, inconsistent parent prone to hysterics. So what else is new, huh? (“Prone to hysterics” sounds familiar. Like mother like daughter!)

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(From when she was pregnant with me, her fifth:) Since it had turned hot I hadn’t been as hungry, and I had even cut out potato chips (daily) so I was feeling smug about my weight – and I gained 9 pounds. In 3 weeks. So I decided that if I’d already been convicted I may as well commit the crime. I’ve eaten potato chips with wild abandon every day since.

Well, it’s 5:30, Rich will be home any second and I have not even started dinner. Poor man, I’m sure when he got married he thought he was getting a wife, and instead he got me. This is me, every day.

A 2 year old who’s potty-trained – what a novel idea. I’m not even going to try until Nathan has a 1000 word vocabulary – including the sentence, ‘I believe I need to use the toilet, mother.’ Then I’ll tackle it.

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I read somewhere that most women living in pre-20th century didn’t have much problem with menopause – they were dead before they were old enough to experience it. Wild hormone swings certainly account for witches, wild women, and sorceresses down through the ages. (I guess this explains the Salem witch trials?? Ha!)

Well, there you have it. Me, basically, if I had been a mom in 1987. Oh how history repeats itself!

Gyro Recipe Made Easier

Making traditional gyro meat is both time-consuming and labor intensive. This gyro recipe is essentially a meatloaf made with traditional Greek spices. You get all of the classic flavors without all the prep! And for most of us, it’s also easier than trying to find a food truck that serves these babies. If you live near a gyro truck and can just order them on a whim…I am so jealous!

What is Gyro Meat?

Gyro meat is a delicious Greek preparation of heavily seasoned ground meat. The meat may be beef, lamb, pork, or some combination of the above. It’s traditionally cooked on a rotisserie (the vertical kind that you may have seen food truck vendors cut thin slices from), but today we’re going to make it in the oven. Fun fact, the word “gyro” actually comes from a Greek word meaning “turn” because of the way that the meat is cooked on a turning spit. And today I’m gonna turn you into a gyro lover (see what I did there?).

What is Gyro Meat made of?

The gyro meat that you will find in most Greek restaurants in the United States is made with a combination of beef and lamb. I’ve never been to Greece, but I’ve read that it is actually more common to see gyros made with pork in the homeland.

Today’s recipe is an easier version of the beef and lamb combo you will see in the US. To make it the way the restaurants do, you have to grind the meat very finely using a meat grinder or food processor, then press it down so that there are no air pockets, and let it marinate for a while. Then they skewer it onto a rotisserie skewer and cook. The meat is sliced off the edges.

It’s delicious, obviously, but ain’t nobody got time for that. Instead, we are taking all the flavors you love and basically making meatloaf. It takes about 30 minutes to make the meat, start to finish. Ground beef is combined with ground lamb and spiced with cumin, oregano, thyme, rosemary, and marjoram. The resulting meatloaf is tender and flavorful and perfect for a weeknight gyro fest! It comes together pretty quick.

Greek Gyro ingredients

Today we are talking GYROS. (pronounced “hero.”) If you have never had a Greek gyro before, you are totally missing out. It is a warm pita bread, topped with lemony-garlicky Tzatziki Sauce, gyro meat, onions, tomatoes, and cucumbers.

In other words, HEAVEN.Seriously my favorite item to get anytime there is a food truck situation.In Greece they serve it with french fries in the pita itself instead of served on the side. It is now my life mission to make it to Greece someday to try it that way for myself!!

Here are all the ingredients you’ll need to make these–this is just to help you create your shopping list. Keep scrolling down to the recipe card below for full instructions!

For the gyro meat:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • Bacon grease (or butter)
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Lemon juice
  • Panko bread crumbs
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Dried rosemary
  • Dried oregano
  • Dried thyme
  • Dried cumin
  • Dried marjoram (optional)

To assemble:

  • Tzatziki sauce
  • Red onion
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Pita rounds
  • Fresh dill (to garnish, optional)

How to make Gyro Meat

Here’s a quick overview of how to prepare the gyro meat. Scroll down to the recipe card below for complete instructions.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Finely chop the onion and garlic using a food processor or knife.
  3. Combine all gyro meat ingredients.
  4. Combine the meat using your hands.
  5. Shape the meat into about 10 oval patties. Line them up on the pan, not touching.
  6. Bake at 350 for about 15-20 minutes.
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You’ll start your gyro meat by finely chopping the onion and garlic. Combine both of those in a bowl with ground beef and lamb, butter or bacon grease, eggs, milk, lemon juice, breadcrumbs, and seasonings. Mix it all up using your hands, then shape the meat for baking.

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I like to shape the meat into individual patties so that you get lots of crispy edges. You could easily shape it into one meatloaf if you prefer, and slice to serve. You will just have to cook it a bit longer.

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The ground lamb is what gives this gyro meat it’s distinctive flavor. I know it can be tricky to find sometimes. If you can’t find ground lamb, you could substitute ground beef or ground pork, but the flavor won’t be the same. Go to your local butcher to find ground lamb, if your market doesn’t have it!

How to Make Gyros

With the meat prepped and ready to go, it’s time to start assembling our gyros. Is your mouth watering yet? (The recipe card below has more details on putting these together.)

  1. Prep the toppings: First thing’s first, get all of your toppings ready to go. I love to slice up red onion, tomatoes, and cucumbers. I also like to toast my bread ever so slightly so it’s nice and warm. You can do this either in the microwave or in the oven.
  2. Slather on the sauce. Lay the warm pita out onto a plate or work surface, then slather it with a generous layer of Tzatziki Sauce.
  3. Add the meat. Slice one of your prepared gyro patties in half, then lay it on top of the sauce.
  4. Top and serve. Top the meat off with all your toppings and a sprinkle of fresh dill.
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Gyros Recipe tips

This Gyros recipe is pretty straightforward, but here are a few of my tips for recipe success every time.

  • Prep the sauce first. The longer the sauce sits, the more flavorful it gets. Prep it ahead of time!
  • Line the baking sheet. You can line the baking sheet with parchment paper or with foil greased with a nonstick spray. This helps prevent the patties from sticking as they bake.
  • Use your hands. I like to wear disposable gloves to mix the meat with my hands. It might feel weird, but it makes mixing so much easier and faster.
  • Don’t over-mix. Over-mixed meat can become tough and dry. Mix only until just combined so it stays moist and tender.

How to store and reheat this Gyro Recipe

Once your gyro is fully assembled, you should definitely serve it right away. However, you can prep the different components ahead of time, so they’re ready to go whenever the gyro mood strikes. Here’s how:

  1. Veggies: Slice the veggies up and store them in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days.
  2. Tzatziki Sauce: Make the sauce in advance and store it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
  3. Gyro meat: Prep and cook the meat, then store it in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days or in the freezer for 2-3 months. To reheat, thaw in the fridge if frozen, then warm in the oven until heated through.
  4. Pita bread: Pita bread can be kept on the counter for 2-3 days, or you can freeze it for 2-3 months and just warm it up in the microwave whenever you like.

Serving Gyros

Gyros are traditionally served on pita bread. Pita is a thick, soft, delicious flatbread and makes a great sandwich filled with gyro meat and toppings. You can find pita bread at most grocery stores.

Gyros are also often served with seasoned French fries, which is absolutely delicious! If you don’t feel like making french fries, you could serve these gyros with these easy 3 Ingredient Roasted Potatoes. You could also make this Greek Salad with Feta as a refreshing side dish!

Greek Gyro Recipe FAQ

How to say Gyro

Gyro is actually pronounced completely differently than it probably looks to most of us. If you say it properly, you’ll be saying “Yee-ro” or “Yee-ros”. So yes, it sounds more like a European currency than a food. But if you’re saying it “hero” or even “jy-ro” believe me I am not here to judge.

Is gyro meat lamb or pork?

It’s both! Or either. Or neither. Traditional gyros are made using a combination of lamb and pork. Some are made using one or the other. Some are even made using other meats entirely like chicken or beef. It’s more about the seasonings anyway.

What kind of meats are in a gyro?

Gyro meat isn’t a special cut of meat – it’s actually made from ground meat, which comes from a variety of cuts of beef or lamb (or from pork shoulder for ground pork). Sometimes, your ground beef might be labeled “ground round,” “ground sirloin,” or “ground chuck,” but any ground beef is perfectly fine.

What are the fillers in gyro meat?

Gyro meat includes eggs, milk, lemon juice, breadcrumbs, onion, and garlic to give it flavor and moistness.What else? Seasonings, seasonings, and more seasonings! We’re using a combination of salt, pepper, dried oregano, rosemary, thyme, cumin, and marjoram.

What does a gyro consist of?

A gyro is a warm pita bread, topped with lemony-garlicky Tzatziki Sauce, gyro meat, onions, tomatoes, and cucumbers. It’s the ultimate Greek sandwich. Gyro meat itself is a Greek preparation of heavily seasoned ground meat. The meat may be beef, lamb, pork, or some combination of the above. I’ve never had a combination I didn’t like, it’s all about the seasonings!

Why is gyro meat called gyro?

The word gyro comes from a Greek word which means “circle” or “turn.” It makes sense because gyro meat is usually cooked on a rotisserie. Ever watched a rotisserie chicken spin around at Costco? There’s a spit (a large, heavy metal skewer in the middle of the meat) that turns the meat around in a circular motion to cook it evenly.

More Greek recipes you will enjoy!

  • Gyro Style Shredded Beef (Instant Pot/Crock Pot) << This recipe for shredded beef is another great idea for filling gyros! Or eat it bowl-style with cauliflower rice!
  • Chicken Shawarma << this is the same idea as gyros but uses yogurt-marinated chicken. YUM.
  • Oven Baked Greek Chicken with Veggies << one of my most favorite 30 minute meals!
  • Greek Salad with Feta Cheese<< I could eat this every day.
  • Greek Lentil Tacos with Cucumber Pico de Gallo << a delicious vegetarian meal!
  • Greek Spinach Feta Chicken Pockets<< basically a Greek style hot pocket. What’s not to love??
  • Moussaka<< An insanely complex Greek layered casserole. Worth every second.
  • Tzatziki Sauce Recipe << Make this as an appetizer and bring it to a party with toasted pita. Everyone will love you.
  • The Best Greek Chicken Marinade from FoodieCrush
  • Greek Meatballs from Recipe Tin Eats
  • Greek Stuffed Cabbage Rolls from Real Greek Recipes


Homemade Gyros Recipe and Gyro Meat from The Food Charlatan. (9)

Greek Gyro with Homemade Gyro Meat

4.85 from 78 votes

Prep: 20 minutes mins

Cook: 15 minutes mins

Total: 35 minutes mins

Servings: 8

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Make your favorite American-style Greek gyros at home! This gyro meat recipe combines ground beef and lamb to get that distinctive flavor you find at Greek restaurants. The texture is meatloaf-style rather than restaurant-style, but the flavors are on point. Doing it this way saves tons of time. Top with Tzatziki Sauce, tomatoes, onions, and cucumbers!


For the gyro meat

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 2 tablespoons bacon grease , OR butter*
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, smashed and finely minced
  • 4 teaspoons kosher salt, yes, 4 teaspoons**
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons dried cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram, optional

To assemble

  • 1 batch Tzatziki Sauce
  • 1 large red onion, sliced thin
  • 2-4 tomatoes, sliced
  • 1-2 cucumbers, sliced
  • 8-10 pita rounds
  • fresh dill, to garnish, optional


  • Start by making the Tzatziki Sauce. It needs time to marinate, so get it done first so it can sit in the fridge while you make the rest.

  • Make the gyro meat. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Or line with foil and spray with nonstick spray.

  • If you have a food processor, use it to finely chop the onion and garlic. If not, use a knife to chop finely.

  • In a large bowl, add all gyro meat ingredients: 1 pound ground beef, 1 pound ground lamb, 2 tablespoons butter OR bacon grease,* 2 eggs, 1/2 cup milk, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 cup Panko crumbs, chopped onion, minced garlic, 4 teaspoonskosher salt (see note), 2 teaspoons black pepper, 2 teaspoons oregano, 1/2 teaspoon rosemary, 1 teaspoon thyme, 2 teaspoons cumin, 1 teaspoon marjoram. (It’s ok if you don’t have the marjoram.)

  • Combine the meat using your hands. I like to wear disposable gloves when I do this. Using your hands feels a little weird, but it mixes the meat so much faster and more evenly than using a spoon, resulting in nice tender meat (as opposed to being overworked.)

  • Shape the meat into about 10 oval patties. See photos. Line them up on the pan making sure they are not touching each other.

  • Bake at 350 for about 15-20 minutes, or until a meat thermometer reaches 160 degrees F. Remove from the oven and keep warm.

  • Meanwhile, prepare the gyro toppings:Thinly slice a red onion. Slice the tomatoes. Slice the cucumbers. Warm the pita bread either in the microwave or in the still-warm oven. Chop extra fresh dill, if you want.

  • How to construct your gyro: Add a layer of Tzatziki Sauce to a warm pita. Slice a gyro patty in half lengthwise for easier eating, and place on top of Tzatziki. Garnish with red onion, tomatoes, cucumbers, and fresh dill. Devour!

  • Gyros are traditionally served with french fries, or you could try it with these 3 ingredient Roasted Potatoes. It would also be great served with this Greek Salad!


*I tried this recipe once with butter and once with bacon grease. I added it because lamb is very lean and tends to dry out when baked. You can probably skip it if you have high-fat ground beef.

**If you are using table salt, add 3 teaspoons salt.


Serving: 1gyro | Calories: 718kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 148mg | Sodium: 2087mg | Potassium: 602mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 693IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 265mg | Iron: 4mg

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: Greek

Calories: 718

Keyword: Greek, gyros

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  1. Homemade Gyros Recipe and Gyro Meat from The Food Charlatan. (16)
    This is a comment for a totally different recipe that you posted. Cubano pork roast. It was delicious. I will be making the cuban sandwiches tonight. The butcher at publix cut a 10# pork butt that he said was a pork shoulder into 3.5 lbs. Next time I will be more attentive. There was alot of fat that I had to cut off when I sliced it and it was very hard to tell if I was cutting cross grain. Is there another type of roast or is there a way to tell if its the right one?
    Thanks and love your stories and recipes.


    1. So sorry your butcher failed you Cindy! Sometimes pork shoulders can have a significant layer of fat on them. A pork shoulder/pork butt (same thing) is the right kind of roast, boneless or bone-in. Don’t be afraid to speak up and tell your butcher if you don’t want the fat!


  2. Homemade Gyros Recipe and Gyro Meat from The Food Charlatan. (17)
    Tried this recipe for the first time and it was a hit!!! My large family inhaled it in no time lol. I tripled (yup, large family problems haha) the recipe but used a half cup less of milk + used crushed pork rinds instead of bread crumbs to make it somewhat low carb, and it was perfect! We paired it with your tzatziki sauce (also one of the best recipes I have tried) + a yellow rice recipe from another gal to make gyro bowls, and it was delicious!!! Love the idea of making it homemade compared to some of the gyro meat you find at less-than-authentic restaurants (yes, read the ingredients to their highly processed product 😱). Definitely a recipe we’ll use over and over again!!! Thanks for sharing!


    1. Oh this makes me so happy Tish! I’m so glad the whole family loved it! I feel you on big family problems I am terrified for when my kids are teens. How will I even keep up with their appetites?? 😂 Great idea to turn this into a bowl, love that. Thank you for commenting and sharing!


  3. Homemade Gyros Recipe and Gyro Meat from The Food Charlatan. (18)
    This is amazing


  4. Homemade Gyros Recipe and Gyro Meat from The Food Charlatan. (19)
    We loved your recipe. I didn’t have bread crumbs so I used oats, we try to be gluten-free as much as possible. Amazing recipe, thank you for sharing. So much deliciousness, we will be making this again and again.


  5. Homemade Gyros Recipe and Gyro Meat from The Food Charlatan. (20)
    Very authentic tasting…just like our favorite restaurant that serves gyros. I used a pound of each, lamb and beef, made a lot more than could be used, so sliced and froze in one meal size and it gave me enough for 6 meals, one gyro each


    1. Homemade Gyros Recipe and Gyro Meat from The Food Charlatan. (21)
      This was great! Thank you for sharing. :)


  6. Would love to try this but it’s a little hard to trust a Gyro recipe from someone who can’t pronounce Gyro. Lol. “Yee-ro”. ;-)


    1. Hi C.! You say “yee-ro,” I say “hero” ;-) Hopefully we’re both too busy stuffing our faces with delicious meat and Tzatziki sauce to notice! Let us know if you give it a try :-)


    2. Homemade Gyros Recipe and Gyro Meat from The Food Charlatan. (22)
      What’s the point of this comment?


  7. Homemade Gyros Recipe and Gyro Meat from The Food Charlatan. (23)
    Excellent. The flavors are on point. It is worth the time it takes to chop the meat in a food processor to achieve a smoother texture. I used olive oil instead of bacon grease and baked it as I would a meatloaf. Other than that, no changes. Thank you for such a great recipe!


  8. Homemade Gyros Recipe and Gyro Meat from The Food Charlatan. (24)
    I’ve made this for the first time today and I couldn’t believe how delicious it was! Thanks for the recipe!


  9. It looks delicious but it isn’t even remotely close to greek gyros


  10. Homemade Gyros Recipe and Gyro Meat from The Food Charlatan. (25)
    This was delicious, seriously so authentic tasting. I have a food processor and I feel like using that made a huge difference. Best gyros ever!


  11. Homemade Gyros Recipe and Gyro Meat from The Food Charlatan. (26)
    Amazing!! My husband and I typically make grilled chicken pitas biweekly, but this recipe might just make us replace the chicken with gyro meat! We made way too much for just the two of us (next time, we’ll half the recipe), have you ever tried freezing the leftover meat? If so, how does it do warmed up after being frozen?


    1. Hi Courtney! I’m so glad you are loving it! Yes you can absolutely freeze. Seal well in a ziplock and let thaw in the fridge. Then heat either in the microwave or on a low temperature (covered) in the oven so it doesn’t dry out. Like make 30 minutes at 250, or 20 minutes at 300. something like that. Enjoy!


  12. I cut the kosher salt in half, still Too much salt! I rolled the meat out with rolling pin, under wax paper. Found it so salty after I baked it. I soaked it in lemon water, dried it on paper towel & chopped it & refried it. The flavour is very good, but I’m going to cut the kosher salt to 1/4 tsp next time I make it.


  13. Can I use venison?


    1. I haven’t tried that Sylvia! Let me know how it goes!


    2. I use venison, and it’s delicious. Just have to know that venison is very lean. I add about 20% sausage, or bacon when I gring my venison so it isn’t too dry.


  14. Homemade Gyros Recipe and Gyro Meat from The Food Charlatan. (27)
    Fantastic recipe! My baking sheet ended up with a lot of juice/grease so the next time I will use beef with less fat or maybe use a grilling rack.


    1. Homemade Gyros Recipe and Gyro Meat from The Food Charlatan. (28)
      Super good. I used too much salt my fault that I didn’t read the note at the end about table salt vs kosher. Definitely make again but I would half the salt. Also I used organic grass fed beef and the beef to ratio of lamb seemed off. Less beef more lamb next time too.


  15. Oh my gosh, this recipe is incredible! I’ve made it twice (subbed ground turkey for lamb), and both times we have thought it was soooo good. Thanks for sharing it!


    1. Great idea using ground turkey Ellen! Love that idea. Thanks so much for sharing and reviewing!


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Homemade Gyros Recipe and Gyro Meat from The Food Charlatan. (2024)


What is authentic gyro meat made of? ›

In this traditional kebab dish, the lamb is seasoned, pressed into a cylinder, and continuously rotated until fully cooked. When the lamb is too lean, layers of fat are sometimes added. Lamb is the most common and traditional meat used in Gyros.

What cut of meat is gyros? ›

A pork gyro starts with thinly sliced pork leg, shank, or shoulder meat.

How does gyro meat stay together? ›

Processing the meat in the food processor and overworking it ensures that the proteins in the meat stick together, like sausage. Essentially, this prevents the meat from falling apart. Use all lamb, all beef, or substitute the lamb for sausage.

What is King Gyros meat made of? ›

Though Gyro meat is generally made with lamb, the pork in this recipe worked beautifully. The authentic Mediterranean flavor from the Spiceology Greek Freak is absolutely perfect as well. The tastes of ancient Greece, made on your grill in your own backyard.

How is gyro meat made from scratch? ›

Homemade Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce

Mix together the ground meat, pepper, salt, oregano, garlic and cornstarch very thoroughly in a mixing bowl. Shape the meat into a 1-inch- tall meatloaf and place on a parchment-lined sheet tray or a foil-lined baking dish. Brush the top and sides of the loaf with olive oil.

What is the most common gyro meat? ›

In Greece, gyros is normally made with pork, though other meats are used in other countries. Chicken is common, and lamb or beef may be found more rarely. Typical American mass-produced gyros are made with finely ground beef mixed with lamb.

What meat is used in Arby's Greek gyro? ›

Arby's "gyro meat" is a blend of chopped beef and lamb, sliced off a rotisserie spit, in real gyro fashion. The lettuce and tomatoes are crisp and colorful. Not only is the tzatziki sauce creamy, it's worth 30 points in Scrabble. The Spicy Gyro may be something different for fans of traditional gyros, however.

How healthy is gyro meat? ›

Typical gyro meat contains a lot of protein, carrying around 25 grams of it in a serving. Gyros are a healthy option because they can make you feel full even when you consume a small amount. Plus, so many vitamins and minerals make gyro meat a healthy dish that is capable of maintaining the body's energy.

Why is my gyro meat dry? ›

The result is dry, grainy, and all-around unpleasant. Finally, just like a solid piece of meat, the hotter you cook sausage, the more moisture it will expel. So for optimum juiciness, it's best to cook the gyro meat at a relatively low-temperature (say 300°F/149°C), and just until it reaches 165°F (74°C) internally.

Is beef gyro unhealthy? ›

Gyro meat, traditionally made with a mixture of ground meat (often lamb or beef), fat, and seasonings, tends to be higher in saturated fat. However, if made with leaner meats and in moderation, it can still be a part of a balanced diet.

Can you leave gyro meat out overnight? ›

Throw away all perishable foods that have been left in room temperature for more than 2 hours (1 hour if the temperature is over 90° F, such as at an outdoor picnic during summer). Cold perishable food, such as chicken salad or a platter of deli meats, should be kept at 40° F or below.

Can you eat gyro meat raw? ›

Second, make sure the gyro meat is fully cooked. Lamb is the most common type of meat used in gyros, and it should be cooked until it's well done.

Why are there no lamb gyros in Greece? ›

Gyros, which are inspired by the Turkish doner kebab, aren't native to Greece. According to estimates, gyros didn't make their way there until the 1920s. Though popular in the U.S., lamb gyros are hardly consumed at all in Greece.

Is Arby's gyro beef? ›

About the Sandwich

Nothing says “I am an adventurous eater and interesting person” like eating a gyro at Arby's. Our classic thinly sliced roast beef is topped with lettuce, onions and tomatoes, cool creamy tzatziki sauce, and authentic Greek seasonings all hugged by a warm pita.

What does gyros mean in Greek? ›

Gyro Means “To Turn

The literal meaning of the term Gyro is “to turn” or “revolution”, with origin in the Greek word “gheereezo”. It refers to how the meat is cooked.

Is gyro meat highly processed? ›

processed meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie (The. one that Gianis is cutting now is marinated in olive oil, lemon & oregano ) 😍😍😍

What part of the pig is gyros? ›

Pork butt is also very diverse! Other than in being my preferred cut for pork chops it's also used to make pork Gyro, souvlaki, an ideal cut for grinding for sausage use and I also use pork butt to make a Greek specialty: Kontosouvli!

Is gyro pure meat? ›

A gyro or gyros is a Greek dish made from meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie. Like shawarma and tacos al pastor, it is derived from the lamb-based doner kebab. In Greece it is now most often pork or chicken, while a mixture of beef and lamb is common in the US and other countries.

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