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Homemade Gyro

Jen Phanomrat

Yes, you can make gyros at home. This homemade Greek-American style gyro is delicious and very easy to make.


  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 pound ground lamb

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon cumin

  • Salt & pepper

  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, soaked in olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, grated

  • 2 cloves garlic, grated

  • Olive oil

  • Tzatziki:

  • 1 English cucumber, peeled, grated and drained of excess water

  • 3 sprigs dill

  • Squeeze of lemon

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 1/2 cups Greek yogurt

  • To serve:

  • Pita or flatbread

  • Shredded lettuce

  • Red onion, thinly sliced

  • 1 tomato, cut into chunks


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. In a medium mixing bowl, add ground meats, oregano, cumin, salt, pepper, breadcrumbs, onion and garlic. Use a mixer with paddle attachment or food processor to get mixture super fine and paste-like.

  3. Transfer mixture to a loaf pan coated with olive oil and press down to firm. Bake for approximately 1 hour until top is golden brown.

  4. In a small bowl, combine tzatziki ingredients.

  5. Slice meat into pieces. Lay out a flatbread, top with shredded lettuce, gyro meat, tzatziki, onion and tomatoes. Enjoy!





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- So, all across New York City, you will find street food vendors selling this Greek-American-style gyro, so I'm going to show you how to make it at home. Now, this recipe includes both ground beef and ground lamb. I got about a pound each. I'm going to add that to my mixing bowl. A teaspoon of dried oregano, cumin, salt and pepper. Make sure you season that well. And for some bread crumbs that I have soaked in a little bit of olive oil. I got a medium onion here. I'm just going to slice that in half, and I'm going to grate it. My eyes. I'm doing this for you, Tom. Now, a couple cloves of garlic. Then, I'm going to hand this off to my mixer with a paddle attachment. If you have a food processor, even better. Throw all of this in there. You don't even have to grate the onion. I don't have one, so I'm going to use this. Now, the goal is to get it super-fine and pasty-like. All right, so there is our pasty meat. That's a delicious term. Now, I'm going to put it right here in this loaf pan with a little bit of olive oil. I think I'm going to go in with my hands. Press this down. And in the oven on 350 for about an hour until that top gets nice and brown. Meanwhile, I'm going to make the tzatziki. And I little English cucumber here, just going to peel it a bit. So, a little bowl with a strainer and some paper towel. You'll see why in a bit. Grate the cucumber. Now, because there's a lot of moisture in there, you're going to squeeze just a little bit out. All right. Now, for some dill. What the dilly yo. A lemon, and minced garlic. So, I got about a cup and a half of Greek yogurt, add a little cucumber, garlic, dill. Oh, yes! Mix it all up. Mmm, it's been an hour. I pulled this baby out. So, I'm going to cut us a few slices. Got a flat bread. Use a pita, whatever you want. Warmed it up in the oven. We'll add some shredded lettuce, some of that meat, tzatziki, thinly sliced red onion and some tomatoes. There you have it. Your own homemade gyro.