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Favorite Meat Loaf Gyros Recipe

Favorite Meat Loaf Gyros Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1 hour + chilling YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 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
  • TZATZIKI SAUCE:
  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

Reviews for Favorite Meat Loaf Gyros

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bpierson01
Reviewed May. 4, 2015

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

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gucci65
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2015

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

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Phllps9
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!"

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ElisabethM
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."

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chinadoll2008
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!"

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jmr-512@hotmail.com
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."

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Meesing
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2015

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

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Memee71
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."

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muraskm
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2015

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

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schoeb@sbcglobal.net
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2015

"You no longer give nutritional values. I miss this and would like you to provide them."

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sawpainter1
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2015

"Great recipe! But....you forgot the dill weed in the tzaski sauce. About 2 teaspoons"

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Nurse4Preemie
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2014

"This recipe was easy and so delicious! Family favorite. Thanks for sharing this!"

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dancingfool
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2014

"The meat was delicious, tastes almost like a real gyro! I did the sauce with Greek yogurt and added dill, made the sauce much better! Will definitely make again...and again!"

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aug2295
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2014

"This was ok, but I felt like the meat was missing something. Maybe a bit more seasoning? I didn't add oil when I fried the slices. I added a dash of dill and cumin to the sauce and I used Greek yogurt. The sauce was tasty."

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macaroni girl
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2014

"The family really enjoyed this!"

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Mrs.Howell
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2012

"Very yummy! The hubby requests this one quite a bit. Makes a big batch-leftovers plus quite a bit to freeze for future meals! The best recipe I have found!!!"

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langdanielle
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2012

"Great recipe... I used a blender to purify the cucumbers. Also, I think next time I'll use plain GREEK yogurt rather than just regular yogurt (it's a little thicker)."

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kellikpaige
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2012

"great for a family dinner or entertaining a small group- just make more. easy to make meatloaf ahead of time and finish preparing when it's time to eat. one of my husband's favorites- we'd eat it more often if ground lamb was easier to find where we live."

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somerandomchick79
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2011

"This is quite time consuming, but worth every minute!!"

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lysiane
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2011

"Genial!"

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stephensdoesit
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2011

"WOW!..deeeeeeeeelicious...tasted almost like the real thing....freinds went nuts over it!!!!"

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dlshrope@yahoo.com
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2011

"very good!"

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jmitc24
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2011

"This is a wonderful recipe that I have made several times. My daughter loves it. It reheats great so leftovers are a good as the original."

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Bonnette23
Reviewed May. 30, 2010

"One of our favorites! I substituted 6 tablespoons fresh oregano for the 3 tablespoons dried, and I think I like them even better that way!"

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mollie7
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2010

"great recipe!"

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lysiane
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2009

"This tastes very much like the original greek version. I only use lean ground beef and it comes out great! My husband loves it."

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m_klaassen2
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2009

"Excellent for @ home version! Tzatziki needs something though, still very good!"

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partridge
Reviewed May. 11, 2009

"If I could give 10 stars I would. This recipe very close to an authentic greek gyro."

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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