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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


  • 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 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.
  • 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.

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shawnba User ID: 2581969 268633
Reviewed 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 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?"

[email protected] User ID: 1413349 217717
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2015

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

sawpainter1 User ID: 1626479 217648
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2015

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

Nurse4Preemie User ID: 7964317 93622
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2014

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

dancingfool User ID: 7427237 161224
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!"

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 114806
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."

macaroni girl User ID: 5175509 144813
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2014

"The family really enjoyed this!"

Mrs.Howell User ID: 3960737 144811
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!!!"

langdanielle User ID: 6750529 145889
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)."

kellikpaige User ID: 6739900 166729
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."

somerandomchick79 User ID: 6042858 93619
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2011

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

lysiane User ID: 1556868 73711
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2011


stephensdoesit User ID: 2013995 92440
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2011

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

[email protected] User ID: 3820757 93617
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2011

"very good!"

jmitc24 User ID: 5792657 166726
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."

Bonnette23 User ID: 4903706 73706
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!"

mollie7 User ID: 3470098 166723
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2010

"great recipe!"

lysiane User ID: 1556868 66224
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."

m_klaassen2 User ID: 4239245 99058
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2009

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

partridge User ID: 1426507 66223
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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