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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. If you prefer, substitute pork or chicken for the ground lamb and beef. The preparation time seems long, but most of it is resting time, so you can be doing other things! 

Recipe Summary

15 mins
45 mins
1 hr
2 hrs
1 7x4-inch loaf


Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until gyro meat is no longer pink in the center and the internal temperature registers 165 degrees F (75 degrees C) on a meat thermometer, 45 minutes to 1 hour.

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

Nutrition Facts

179 calories; protein 15.7g; carbohydrates 1.9g; fat 11.7g; cholesterol 58.7mg; sodium 96.7mg. Full Nutrition