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!
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!
The process of making ground beef gyros is quite simple. Start by placing the chopped red onion in a food processor.
Process until finely chopped.
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.
Add the spices to the food processor.
Add the ground beef to the food processor.
Pulse for approximately 1 minute until you get a paste like consistency.
The gyro beef mixture will form together in the food processor, similar to a ball of dough.
Place mixture in a glass baking dish.
Flatten and smooth the meat into a nice meatloaf as shown below.
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.
Let rest for 30 minutes and slice.
Slice the entire loaf.
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!
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 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?
Here’s the Recipe!
Beef Gyro with Tzatziki Sauce Recipe
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 -
- 7 Pita Breads
- 7 Lettuce leaves
- 7 Tomato slices
- 4 Onion slices
- 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.