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Favorite Meat Loaf Gyros

This is definitely a different gyro meat recipe, yet it is so good! 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
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 large 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 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


  • In a large bowl, combine the egg, garlic, oregano, kosher salt and pepper. Crumble lamb and beef over mixture; mix well.
  • Pat into an ungreased 9x5-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.
  • For sauce, in a small bowl, combine the yogurt, cucumber, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 gyro: 475 calories, 22g fat (7g saturated fat), 100mg cholesterol, 918mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 28g protein.

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  • lysiane
    Dec 10, 2019

    My kids keep asking me to make this. I only use all ground beef and it's still a hit.

  • lysiane
    Dec 10, 2019

    My kids keep asking me to make this. I only use all ground beef and it's still a hit.

  • Shawn
    Nov 14, 2018

    We loved this!! We had it hot the first night like meatloaf, and got 2 more meals slicing it thin for gyros. Really nice flavor and great texture. Will definitely make this again

  • Francis
    Apr 5, 2018

    Excellent! I love getting gyros at the fairs, but they are now so expensive, I quit buying them. I found out why, lamb was $9 a pound! So, I substituted the lamb for ground turkey with 90% lean beef. (both were on sale!) I made everything the night before so the meat was easy to cut. Next time I will double the batch so I can have some handy in the freezer. After reading other reviews, my sauce came out a little runny, so I will strain it. Or maybe purchase, as some other folks did, since I could only find plain yogurt in a 32 ounce container. I did add dill to a portion of the sauce to taste the difference, while both were good, I preferred a little dill.

  • shawnba
    Jun 28, 2017

    Very good. I will definitely make this again. My only change was to use a mixed Greek spice(Greek Freak) in place of some of the oregano. The lamb flavor really came through, I baked this in a 9x13 pan, and used low fat ground beef, which helped decrease the fat, and I must admit, I used purchased tzatziki

  • DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina
    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
    May 4, 2015

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

  • gucci65
    Mar 5, 2015

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

  • Phllps9
    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
    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.