Homemade Gyros

Who knew making delicious gyros was literally as easy as making a meatloaf.  Here is a super simple recipe that will have you looking like a hero with friends and family.  Opa!!!


  • 1LB Ground Lamb
  • 3-4 Slices of Bacon  - Roughly Chopped
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Oregano (Greek Preferred)
  • 1/2 Yellow Onion - Roughly Chopped
  • 1 Clove Garlic- Chopped or sliced
  • 2 tsp salt (kosher or sea)
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper


  • Combine Lamb, Oregano, Salt and Pepper in mixing bowl. Mix until all ingredients incorporated.  Cover and refrigerate 1hr or up to 24 hours
  • Preheat Oven to 325-350 degrees
  • Put refrigerated lamb mixture in food processor with onion, garlic and bacon.  Run processor until ingredients have formed a puree (~1min).  If necessary stop processor and scrape sides to ensure all ingredients get fully incorporated.
  • Line baking sheet with foil or baking mat and scoop the pureed lamb mixture on center of sheet.   I prefer to use plastic wrap to help form the loaf, but you can also use moistened hands to form the loaf.  Shape the loaf into a rectangle about 8" Long by 4-5" Wide by 1-1.5" Thick.
  • Bake for roughly 30 minutes or until loaf reaches 150 degrees
  • Remove and let loaf rest for 15+ minutes
  • Slice loaf into roughly 1/4" slices and put back on baking sheet (good idea to usa a fresh sheet of foil)
  • Sliced Gyro Meat
  • Move oven rack to highest position and turn on broiler
  • Broil each side of sliced gyro meat for ~2 minutes until edges just start to show browning
  • Serve Gyro meat on Pitas with sliced onions, tomatoes and tzatziki sauce or with Rice (see Greek Rice Recipe)
  • Alternative for Paleo Diets - Paleo Tzatsiki