American Gyros

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Authentic Greek gyros are made with pork and chicken, but I prefer this version. It uses the same spices but is made with ground lamb and/or beef. Plus it's perfect for making ahead of time and heating it when you make your gyros. Don't forget to make tzatziki!

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Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 55 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground lamb

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • ½ cup finely diced yellow onion

  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary

  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon cumin

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 2 tablespoons dry bread crumbs

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly oil a 9x13-inch baking dish. Line with parchment paper that extends up the sides. Turn the parchment paper over so the oiled side is up.

  2. Place ground lamb and beef in a mixing bowl. Add onions, garlic, rosemary, oregano, salt, pepper, cumin, paprika, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and bread crumbs. Mix until well combined. Transfer to prepared baking dish and press the meat mixture firmly into the dish in an even layer that extends to the edges. Meat mixture should be packed and fairly dense.

  3. Bake in preheated oven until nicely browned, 40 to 45 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C). Cool to room temperature. Transfer to a plate. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, 1 to 2 hours.

  4. Transfer meat to a cutting board. Cut into 3 pieces crosswise. Slice each piece into 1/8-inch thick slices as you need them.

  5. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook slices until browned, about 2 minutes per side.

Chef's Note:

To make the pickled red onions, simply slice them about 1/8-inch thick, and cover with red wine vinegar for a few hours, or overnight. They will turn into the beautifully colored garnish for these gyros.

I like to serve the fried slices on flat bread that's been spread with tzatziki. Top with some shredded lettuce and chopped cherry tomatoes. Layer on the meat slices and top with pickled red onions.

Get the recipe for Tzatziki Sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

255 Calories
18g Fat
3g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 255
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 549mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 32mg 2%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 266mg 6%

* 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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