Lamb Gyros with Authentic Greek Tzatziki Sauce

This Lamb 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. If you prefer, there is an option to make this a Lamb and Beef Gyro recipe below.This Lamb 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, that I have to give you two more options to add to the Beef Gyros recipe from a couple of weeks ago! This Lamb Gyros recipe is awesome and if you want to combine these meats, another great options is my Lamb and Beef Gyros recipe. Also, we have a Greek Chicken Gyros recipe that is also amazingly great!

These gyros remind 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

You may not have noticed, but that is an olive tree on our balcony. Here is a close up where you can see the olives. So cool!

Here is a view of the Acropolis at night from our balcony.

Below is a photo of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, which is a stone Roman theater located on the southwest slope of the Acropolis of Athens, Greece. The building was completed in 161 AD by the Greek Herodes Atticus in memory of his Roman wife, Aspasia Annia Regilla. It was originally a steep-sloped theater with a three-story stone front wall and a wooden roof made of expensive cedar of Lebanon timber. It was used as a venue for music concerts with a capacity of 5,000.

We also took a full day cruise from Athens to these three Greek Islands: Poros, Hydra and Aegina. The islands are so beautiful!

Look at how clear the water is under these boats!

Have you had your cat nap today? This cat is relaxing in the sun!

Okay, so back to the gyros recipe. I love all of the seasonings that go into making gyro meat for that Greek gyro taste.   If you prefer to use beef instead of lamb, you can use this Beef Gyros recipe. You can also use 1/2 lamb and 1/2 beef in this recipe for a Lamb and Beef Gyros recipe. They are all tasty, but you can use the meat you desire. The recipes for both the Lamb Gyros and the Lamb and Beef Gyros are below.This Lamb 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 lamb gyros is quite simple. Start by placing the chopped red onion in a food processor. This Lamb 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 Homemade 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 Homemade 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 lamb to the food processor.This Lamb 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 Lamb 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 Homemade Gyros 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 lamb mixture will form together in the food processor, similar to a ball of dough.This Lamb 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 Lamb 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 Lamb 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 Lamb 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 Lamb 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 Lamb 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 Lamb 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 Lamb 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 lamb gyro sandwiches if you use 2 slices per sandwich. Is your mouth watering already?This Lamb 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.

Here’s the Recipe!

This Homemade 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.

Lamb Gyros with Authentic Greek Tzatziki Sauce

This Lamb 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.

Yield: 7 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Additional Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients

GROUND LAMB GYRO MEAT

  • 1 lb. ground lamb (lower the fat content the better)
  • ½ large red onion, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 2 tsp Marjoram
  • 2 tsp Rosemary
  • 2 tsp Oregano
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Black Pepper

SANDWICH

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

Instructions

  1. Place red onion in a food processor and process until finely chopped.
  2. Remove the onion from the food processor and place in a tea towel, squeezing to remove all the juices.
  3. Return the onion back to the food processor with the remaining ingredients and pulse for approximately 1 minute until you get a paste like consistency. TIP: The gyro lamb mixture will form together in the food processor, similar to a ball of dough.
  4. Place mixture in a glass baking dish. Flatten and smooth the meat into a nice meatloaf.
  5. 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.
  6. Once removed from the oven, drain the fat.
  7. 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.
  8. Remove the weight and let rest for 30 minutes.
  9. Slice the meat into desired sized slices.
  10. Place meat slices on a baking sheet and broil for 3-5 minutes until crispy!
  11. Serve in pita bread with lettuce, sliced onion, sliced tomato and this Authentic Greek Tzatziki Sauce.
  12. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Yield:

7

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 364|Total Fat: 12g|Saturated Fat: 4g|Trans Fat: 0g|Unsaturated Fat: 6g|Cholesterol: 58mg|Sodium: 1049mg|Carbohydrates: 39g|Fiber: 3g|Sugar: 2g|Protein: 24g|

Nutrition information has been auto-calculated for your convenience.

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July 28, 2020 | Last Updated on June 17, 2021 by Linda

6 thoughts on “Lamb Gyros with Authentic Greek Tzatziki Sauce”

  1. There is a much better sauce for Gyros/Donairs than Tzatziki, thanks to a couple of Greeks who came to Halifax, Nova Scotia (eastern Canada) way back in the 60’s -70’s. It is a sweet sauce made with condensed milk and or evaporated milk, garlic, sugar, etc. Far superior to the old “Tzatyziki Sauce” which never caught on here! Google “King of Donair-Halifax sometime. They never used the name “Gyro” either, but “Donair”,

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    • Hi Frank,

      Thanks for sharing. If I ever get to Halifax, I will have to try the Donair at the King of Donair, it looks good.

      – Linda

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    • Hi Howard,

      A water bath is just a large pan, like a roasting pan or larger oven glass dish, into which you will place the oven glass dish with the meat mixture. Then add hot water into the roasting pan halfway up on the glass dish with the meat mixture. This is why it is called a water bath since the glass dish with the meat mixture in it is kinda taking a water bath in the roasting pan. This water bath helps keep the meat moist and allows more even cooking.

      – Linda

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  2. I usually take liberties with following recipes, but, having never made this, I followed the recipe to the letter. I fell in love with Greek gyros 35 years ago, and the lamb meat here is just as I remember, minus the roasting spit! I also d ont usually comment on recipes, but had to this time. The spices for the lamb was perfect! As was the tsazki sauce recipe you included! Thank you so much for a recipe that allowed me to make this much loved recipe at home!!

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