Beef Gyro with Authentic Greek Tzatziki Sauce

 This Beef Gyro recipe with Authentic Greek Tzatziki Sauce is a delicious combination of flavors from red onion, garlic, marjoram, rosemary, oregano, salt and pepper that you can easily make at home.This Beef Gyro recipe with Authentic Greek Tzatziki Sauce is a delicious combination of flavors from red onion, garlic, marjoram, rosemary, oregano, salt and pepper that you can easily make at home.

A gyro sandwich is so delicious! It reminds me of our trip to Greece. We stayed at the AVA Hotel and Suites in Athens, which is great little boutique hotel that is close to many restaurants, shops and sights to see. Here is the view of the Acropolis from our hotel room balcony!View of the Acropolis from our hotel balcony

We toured the Parthenon on top of the Acropolis.

From the top of the Acropolis, you have an amazing view of the city of Athens and beyond.

We also took a full day cruise from Athens to these three Greek Islands: Poros, Hydra and Aegina.

Okay, so back to the gyros recipe. I love all of the seasonings that go into making gyro meat for that Greek gyro taste.  While this is a Beef Gyros recipe, you can also check out my recipes for Lamb Gyros and Lamb and Beef Gyros. Also, we have a Greek Chicken Gyros recipe that is also amazingly great!This Beef Gyro recipe with Authentic Greek Tzatziki Sauce is a delicious combination of flavors from red onion, garlic, marjoram, rosemary, oregano, salt and pepper that you can easily make at home.

The process of making ground beef gyros is quite simple. Start by placing the chopped red onion in a food processor.  This Beef Gyro recipe with Authentic Greek Tzatziki Sauce is a delicious combination of flavors from red onion, garlic, marjoram, rosemary, oregano, salt and pepper that you can easily make at home.

Process until finely chopped.This Beef Gyro recipe with Authentic Greek Tzatziki Sauce is a delicious combination of flavors from red onion, garlic, marjoram, rosemary, oregano, salt and pepper that you can easily make at home.

Remove the onion from the food processor and place in a tea towel, squeezing to remove all the juices, then return it to the food processor.This Beef Gyro recipe with Authentic Greek Tzatziki Sauce is a delicious combination of flavors from red onion, garlic, marjoram, rosemary, oregano, salt and pepper that you can easily make at home.

Add the spices to the food processor.This Beef Gyro recipe with Authentic Greek Tzatziki Sauce is a delicious combination of flavors from red onion, garlic, marjoram, rosemary, oregano, salt and pepper that you can easily make at home.

Add the ground beef to the food processor.This Beef Gyro recipe with Authentic Greek Tzatziki Sauce is a delicious combination of flavors from red onion, garlic, marjoram, rosemary, oregano, salt and pepper that you can easily make at home.

Pulse for approximately 1 minute until you get a paste like consistency.This Beef Gyro recipe with Authentic Greek Tzatziki Sauce is a delicious combination of flavors from red onion, garlic, marjoram, rosemary, oregano, salt and pepper that you can easily make at home.

The gyro beef mixture will form together in the food processor, similar to a ball of dough.This Beef Gyro recipe with Authentic Greek Tzatziki Sauce is a delicious combination of flavors from red onion, garlic, marjoram, rosemary, oregano, salt and pepper that you can easily make at home.

Place mixture in a glass baking dish. This Beef Gyro recipe with Authentic Greek Tzatziki Sauce is a delicious combination of flavors from red onion, garlic, marjoram, rosemary, oregano, salt and pepper that you can easily make at home.

Flatten and smooth the meat into a nice meatloaf as shown below.This Beef Gyro recipe with Authentic Greek Tzatziki Sauce is a delicious combination of flavors from red onion, garlic, marjoram, rosemary, oregano, salt and pepper that you can easily make at home.

Place in a water bath and cook at 325°F for 60-75 minutes or you have an internal temp of 165°F-170°F. Once removed from the oven, drain the fat. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes and place on a wire rack (I also put a pan under the rack to catch any drippings) and place a heavy object on top to compress the gyros meat. I used a cast iron skillet with 3 cans inside the skillet for additional weight.This Beef Gyro recipe with Authentic Greek Tzatziki Sauce is a delicious combination of flavors from red onion, garlic, marjoram, rosemary, oregano, salt and pepper that you can easily make at home.

Let rest for 30 minutes and slice.This Beef Gyro recipe with Authentic Greek Tzatziki Sauce is a delicious combination of flavors from red onion, garlic, marjoram, rosemary, oregano, salt and pepper that you can easily make at home.

Slice the entire loaf. This Beef Gyro recipe with Authentic Greek Tzatziki Sauce is a delicious combination of flavors from red onion, garlic, marjoram, rosemary, oregano, salt and pepper that you can easily make at home.

Place meat slices on a baking sheet and broil for 3-5 minutes until crispy, so the texture is like it came off of your very own rotisserie grill!This Beef Gyro recipe with Authentic Greek Tzatziki Sauce is a delicious combination of flavors from red onion, garlic, marjoram, rosemary, oregano, salt and pepper that you can easily make at home.

Serve in pita bread with lettuce, sliced tomato and sliced onion and don’t forget to add our highly rated gyro sauce from this link: Authentic Greek Tzatziki sauce.This Beef Gyro recipe with Authentic Greek Tzatziki Sauce is a delicious combination of flavors from red onion, garlic, marjoram, rosemary, oregano, salt and pepper that you can easily make at home.

This recipe makes about 14 slices, which is enough for 7 ground beef gyro sandwiches if you use 2 slices per sandwich. Is your mouth watering already?This Beef Gyro recipe with Authentic Greek Tzatziki Sauce is a delicious combination of flavors from red onion, garlic, marjoram, rosemary, oregano, salt and pepper that you can easily make at home.

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Beef gyros on a pita bread topped with Greek tzatziki sauce.

Beef Gyro with Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

Experience the vibrant flavors of Greece at home with this Beef Gyro with Tzatziki Sauce recipe. It's a perfect harmony of red onion, garlic, and classic herbs!
4.4 from 64 votes
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Greek
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Additional Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 7 servings
Calories: 293kcal
Author: Linda
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Ingredients

Ground Beef Gyro Meat

  • 1 lb. ground beef - lower the fat content the better
  • ½ large red onion - chopped
  • 2 tablespoon cloves garlic - minced
  • 2 tsp Marjoram
  • 2 teaspoons Rosemary
  • 2 tsp Oregano
  • 2 tsp Salt - kosher salt
  • 2 tsp Black Pepper -

Sandwich

  • 7 Pita Breads
  • 7 Lettuce leaves
  • 7 Tomato slices
  • 4 Onion slices

Instructions

  • Place red onion in a food processor.
  • Process until finely chopped.
  • Remove the onion from the food processor and place it in a tea towel, squeezing it to remove all the juices.
  • Return the onion to the food processor. Then, add the spices.
  • Add the ground beef to the mixture.
  • Pulse for approximately 1 minute until you achieve a paste-like consistency. The gyro beef mixture will form together in the food processor, similar to a ball of dough.
  • Place the mixture in a glass baking dish.
  • Flatten and smooth the meat into a nice meatloaf.
  • Place in a water bath and cook at 325°F (163°C) for 60-75 minutes, or until you have an internal temperature of 165°F-170°F (74°C-77°C).
  • Once removed from the oven, drain the fat. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes and place on a wire rack (I also put a pan under the rack to catch any drippings) and place a heavy object on top to compress the gyro meat. I used a cast iron skillet with three cans inside the skillet for additional weight.
  • Remove the weight and let rest for 30 minutes. Slice the meat into desired-size slices.
  • Slice the entire loaf. Place the meat slices on a baking sheet and broil for 3-5 minutes until crispy!
  • Serve in pita bread with lettuce, sliced onion, sliced tomato, and this Authentic Greek Tzatziki Sauce.

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NOTES

Storage Info:
To store the Beef Gyro meat, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place it in the refrigerator, where it will stay good for up to 3-4 days. To freeze it, just wrap it well and it will last for 2-3 months in the freezer.
For reheating, thaw it in the refrigerator if frozen, then reheat slices in a skillet over medium heat or the oven until warmed through.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 293kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 1017mg | Potassium: 449mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2030IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 3mg

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  1. Enjoyed this recipe, and I was SKEPTICAL about making my own gyro meat at first, but it turned out really well.

    One note for others planning to make this: plan for the meat to take 3-4x longer to cook through.

    1. Hi Kate,

      Thanks for the note. I’m just going to say that I don’t like typos in my recipes, but sometimes they happen.
      It is now updated for the correct cooking time.

      – Linda

  2. I am going to five this a try …. will post my feedback. Am going to try it with 50% lamb and 50% lean ground beef. I expect to see a bit more fat due to the lamb ….

    Have you ever tried that combo?

  3. When baking the meat do I add water in the glass backing dish or place the baking dish in another pan with water in it??

      1. I’m confused. Your answer of “Neither” contradicts your directions as well as those in the link provided. Both say place the dish IN a water bath. Please clarify. Thanks!

      2. Hi Mamakitty, you are correct, place the dish in a water bath. I have updated my answer above. Thank you!