Favorite Meat Loaf Gyros Recipe
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Favorite Meat Loaf Gyros Recipe

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I always wanted to learn to make Greek gyros at home, but I was intimidated. Then I tried this recipe, and they were great. I slice leftover meat in individual portions and freeze for any time I crave a gyro. —Sharon Rawlings, Tampa, Florida
Featured In: 38 Greek-Style Dinners
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1 hour + chilling
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1 hour + chilling
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) plain yogurt
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • GYROS:
  • 8 whole pita breads
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 16 slices tomato
  • 8 slices sweet onion, halved


  1. In a large bowl, combine the egg, garlic, oregano, kosher salt and pepper. Crumble lamb and beef over mixture; mix well.
  2. Pat into an ungreased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 60-70 minutes or until no pink remains and a thermometer reads 160°. Cool completely on a wire rack. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
  3. For sauce, in a small bowl, combine the yogurt, cucumber, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
  4. Brush pita breads with 1 tablespoon oil; heat on a lightly greased griddle for 1 minute on each side. Keep warm. Cut meat loaf into very thin slices. In a large skillet, fry meat loaf in remaining oil in batches until crisp.
  5. On each pita bread, layer the tomato, onion and meat loaf slices; top with some tzatziki sauce. Carefully fold pitas in half. Serve with remaining sauce. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Meat Loaf Gyros in Taste of Home October/November 2006, p27

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina User ID: 4938423 268396
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2017

"I cannot recommend this recipe enough! Gyros is one dish I always thought was not feasible to make at home - at least a reasonably easy, very delicious version. I wish I had found this recipe years ago! I made the meatloaf the night before, strained off the pool of grease, and chilled overnight. I also strained the yogurt sauce overnight for a thicker sauce (or you could just use Greek yogurt if you also like it a bit thicker). Wonderful recipe!"

bpierson01 User ID: 8360295 225875
Reviewed May. 4, 2015

"These are going to be a regular meal from now on...very tasty and so easy to make."

gucci65 User ID: 7131119 222068
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2015

"We love this in our household. ! Tasty Tasty Tasty !!!!!!"

Phllps9 User ID: 7304178 218351
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2015

"This was great! Unbelievably simple to make although, you definitely need to plan ahead to accommodate the cooling and chilling time. Next time I'll make my own pita bread as well, the store bought ones were too tough. I will definitely be making this again and again!"

ElisabethM User ID: 8198936 218193
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2015

"This was very good. Lamb is very expensive so the addition of beef helped (I used grass fed). The sauce as stated was good (without the addition of dill as some suggested). The second time we had this I added fresh cilantro which made a big difference to me whether I'd make this again or not."

chinadoll2008 User ID: 1574460 218045
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2015

"My husband & I love Gyros & this tasted just like the real thing! It was so easy to make! Loved it! And healthy too!? Will definitely make again!"

[email protected] User ID: 7931319 218025
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2015

"This tasted wonderful and was very easy to make. I love Gyros sandwiches so it was great to find an easy , healthy way to make the Gyros meat. I highly recommend it. If you don't like plain yogurt, use sour cream, but it's not the same. I couldn't find any plain yogurt in the regular kind so used Greek yogurt."

Meesing User ID: 5989214 217759
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2015

"@muraskm, sour cream is the other generally accepted base for the tzatziki sauce."

Memee71 User ID: 7849494 217740
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2015

"I haven't made it since I do like gyro meat a lot and meatloaf unless you used the seasonings of gyro meat just wouldn't peak the nose and tastebuds. Thank you "dancingfool" for saying it tasted close to gyro meat. I am going to try it. The picture is a perfect looking sandwich/gyro."

muraskm User ID: 7774035 217727
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2015

"If one does not like yogurt, what could I use instead?"

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