Traditional Gyro Meat


This delicious gyro meat is the closest I've come to emulating my favorite Mediterranean restaurant's recipe. The Greek/Lebanese-style meatloaf is sliced and served with pita bread, tzatziki, and tomatoes. The preparation time seems long, but most of it is resting time, so you can be doing other things! 

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
2 hrs
1 7x4-inch loaf


  • ½ onion, cut into chunks

  • 1 pound ground lamb

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram

  • 1 teaspoon ground dried rosemary

  • 1 teaspoon ground dried thyme

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt


  1. Pulse onion in a food processor until finely chopped. Scoop onions onto the center of a towel, gather up the towel ends, and squeeze to remove liquid.

  2. Combine onions, lamb, beef, garlic, oregano, cumin, marjoram, rosemary, thyme, pepper, and salt in a large bowl. Mix with your hands until well combined. Cover and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours to allow the flavors to blend.

  3. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

  4. Place the meat mixture into a food processor and pulse until finely chopped and the texture feels tacky, about 1 minute. Transfer to a 7x4-inch loaf pan, and pack down to make sure there are no air pockets.

  5. Line a large roasting pan with a damp kitchen towel. Place the loaf pan in the center of the towel-lined roasting pan, and transfer it into the preheated oven. Carefully pour boiling water into the roasting pan until it comes halfway up the sides of the loaf pan.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until gyro meat is no longer pink in the center, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).

  7. Pour off any accumulated fat, and allow to cool slightly before slicing thinly and serving.


If you prefer, substitute pork or chicken for the ground lamb and beef.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

179 Calories
12g Fat
2g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 179
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 59mg 20%
Sodium 97mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 25mg 2%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 230mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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