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Lamb Gyros Recipe

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A recipe for making lamb gyro meat at home. It's easy and tastes like some of my favorite take-out places!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Turkish
Prep Time 1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Resting time 15 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 5 mins
Servings 4 to 6 servings
Calories 607
Author Michelle


For the Gyro Meat:

  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves
  • ½ yellow onion cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 clove garlic sliced
  • 3 ounces slab bacon or 5 slices sliced bacon, cut into ½-inch pieces

To Serve:

  • Pocketless pita bread
  • Tzatziki Sauce
  • Tomato coarsely chopped
  • Yellow onion thinly sliced


  • Make the Gyro Meat: In a medium bowl, combine the ground lamb, salt, pepper and oregano leaves with your hands, mixing until all of the seasonings have been evenly distributed. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Place the lamb mixture in the bowl of a food processor and add the onion, garlic and bacon. Process until a smooth puree is formed, 30 seconds to 1 minute, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. With moistened hands, shape the lamb mixture into a rectangle about 8 inches long and 5 inches wide. Bake until the center of the loaf reaches 155 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer, 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 15 minutes.
  • Adjust the oven rack to the highest position (1½ to 2 inches below broiler element) and preheat broiler. Slice the loaf of lamb meat crosswise into very thin pieces (they should be about ⅛-inch thick; no more than ¼-inch thick). Lay the strips on a rimmed baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and broil until edges are browned and crispy, 2 to 4 minutes. (I did this in two batches, as I couldn't fit all of the sliced meat on one baking sheet.) Be sure to keep an eye on it, as the broiler works quickly!
  • Serve the Gyros: Warm up the bread either in the microwave (30 seconds), on the stovetop or in the oven. Top each with ¼ cup of tzatziki sauce, chopped tomatoes, sliced onions and gyro meat. Wrap with foil and serve.



Nutritional values are based on one serving
(Recipe adapted from Serious Eats)


Calories: 607kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 1507mg | Potassium: 598mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 575IU | Vitamin C: 11.7mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 3.8mg