Traditional Gyros


You have to try this classic gyro sandwich. I absolutely love being able to make my own gyros at home!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 15 mins


  • 1 small 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 dried thyme

  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt

  • 12 tablespoons hummus

  • 12 pita bread rounds

  • 1 small head lettuce, shredded

  • 1 large tomato, sliced

  • 1 large red onion, sliced

  • 6 ounces crumbled feta cheese

  • 24 tablespoons tzatziki sauce


  1. Place onion in a food processor and finely chop. Transfer onion to a piece of cheesecloth and squeeze out the liquid. Place onion in a large bowl.

  2. Mix lamb, beef, garlic, oregano, cumin, marjoram, thyme, rosemary, black pepper, and salt with the onion using your hands until well mixed. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until flavors blend, about 2 hours.

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

  4. Place meat mixture in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped and tacky, about 1 minute. Pack meat mixture into a 7x4-inch loaf pan, ensuring there are no air pockets. Place the loaf pan into a roasting pan and pour enough boiling water around the loaf pan to reach halfway up the sides for a water bath.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until no longer pink in the center, 45 to 60 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Pour off any accumulated fat and cool slightly.

  6. Thinly slice the cooked gyro meat loaf.

  7. Spread 1 tablespoon hummus onto each pita bread. Then top each with some of the gyro meat slices, shredded lettuce, tomato slices, red onion slices, feta cheese crumbles, and 2 tablespoons tzatziki sauce to complete each sandwich.

Cook's Note:

I use homemade pita bread, hummus, and tzatziki sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

425 Calories
41g Fat
43g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 425
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 41g 52%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 620mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 6mg 29%
Calcium 158mg 12%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 367mg 8%

* 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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