Traditional Gyros

I absolutely love being able to make my own gyros at home! You have to try them!

Traditional Gyros Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Traditional Gyros for 12 servings:

  • 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
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • boiling water as needed
  • 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

Traditional Gyros Cooking Instructions

  • Prep15m
  • Cook45m
  • Ready In3h 15m

To cook Traditional Gyros, you need about 15 minutes of preparation time. The time needed to cook this Traditional Gyros is about 45 minutes , and you can serve your Traditional Gyros within 3 hours 15 minutes . The following are the steps to cook Traditional Gyros easily:

  1. 1 Place onion in a food processor and blend until finely chopped. Transfer onion to a piece of cheese cloth and squeeze out the liquid. Place onion in a large bowl.
  2. 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. 3 Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  4. 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 loaf pan into a roasting pan and pour enough boiling water around the loaf pan to reach halfway up the sides.
  5. 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. 6 Thinly slice the gyro meat mixture.
  7. 7 Spread 1 tablespoon hummus onto each pita bread; top each with gyro meat mixture, lettuce, tomato, red onion, feta cheese, and tzatziki sauce.


  • Cook's Note:
  • I use homemade pita bread, hummus, and tzatziki sauce.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 425 calories; 40.8 grams of fat; 42.8 grams of carbohydrates; 22.4 grams of protein; 61 milligrams of cholesterol; 620 milligrams of sodium.

  1. Jun 21st 2018

    I did not put the loaf pan in a roasting pan with water because my loaf pan is a porous Pampered Chef loaf pan and I was afraid it would be soggy. So I am assuming that the texture is diffe ...

  2. Feb 20th 2017

    TOO Good! Now my family wants them once a week. I make them with stuffed grape leaves as a side. Yummy!

  3. Jun 20th 2015

    Came out fantastic. Couldn't get the lamb this time so doubled the beef. I can't imagine how much better it would have been with the lamb.

  4. Mar 1st 2015

    Made this for Sunday dinner. Super easy to mix up the meat ahead of time and keep in fridge. We used lamb and lamb sausage instead of beef. Turned out spicier and the three teens loved it ...

  5. Feb 7th 2015

    Used main recipe and made it as a Greek salad instead of gyro roll. Was very good, but need suggestions to "spice" meat up a notch.

  6. Jan 4th 2015

    I've always wondered how to make that meat that they use in gyros, and I'm glad that I found this recipe. The meat in the gyro "kits" that I usually buy is SO greasy, that I would only buy t ...

  7. Dec 28th 2014

    Turned out perfect! Only thing is that I had to cook it for 1 hour, 15 minutes to get it fully cooked. Friends loved it too!