Gyro Sandwiches

Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce
Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce

The gyro, pronouned "YEE-ro", is a much-beloved Greek sandwich, traditionally made with layers of pressed and seasoned meat, cooked on a vertical skewer that can hold upwards to 100 pounds of meat at a time. Once the meat is ready slices of it are slivered off to order and covered with creamy, tangy tzatziki sauce. This recipe gives you the flavor of a gyro, without the extravagance of the large rotisserie skewer.

We cooked the meat in a bain-marie, or a steam bath, to make sure it cooks thoroughly but stays juicy and tender. Don't skip the step of pressing your meat with a brick, either. That will allow the meat to set into an easily slice-able loaf. 

Serve on toasted pita bread, topped with feta cheese, chopped tomatoes, onions, and cucumbers. Don't forget the tzatziki! And have extra napkins handy.

 

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Prep Time: 15 min.
Cooking Time: 95 min.
Servings: 8
Cooking Method: Grilling
Category: Sandwiches
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Ingredients:
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 2 Tablespoons Gyro Seasoning
  • 1 pound ground beef 
  • 8 Pitas
  • Red onion, tomatoes, crumbled feta
  • Tzatziki Sauce
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Mince the onion in a food processor. Place onion in a kitchen towel and squeeze as much of the juice out as possible. Place back into food processor.
  3. Add the lamb and Gyro Seasoning to the food processor. Process until you have a paste. Add the ground beef to the mixture and process until well incorporated into the paste.
  4. Place the meat mixture into an ungreased loaf pan, and press into the pan so there is no air. Place that pan into another, larger pan with high sides, (like a glass cake pan), and fill with water halfway up the loaf pan.
  5. Bake in oven at 325°F for 60-75 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
  6. Remove from oven and drain fat. Take a brick wrapped in aluminum foil and place on top of meat for 20 minutes.
  7. Toast pita bread.
  8. Slice thinly and serve on pita bread with red onion, tomatoes, crumbled feta, and Tzatziki sauce.
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