How to Make Your Own Gyro Meat

by Ann Johnson

Items you will need

  • Knife or garlic press
  • 1 pound ground lamb (lean)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Mixing bowl
  • Broiler pan

Greek restaurants are known for their tasty gyro sandwiches, which are served on pita bread. Gyro meat is sometimes vertically shaved into thin slices from a roast prepared so that the meat is moist and crisp. Traditional gyro meat is also made by mixing together different meats, such as beef, veal, lamb or pork and spices, which are then roasted or baked. Like a meatloaf recipe there are countless variations to choose from.

Step 1

Crush the garlic cloves in a bowl. If using fresh garlic, peel the cloves and finely dice the garlic or put through a garlic press.

Step 2

Combine all the ingredients in the bowl with the garlic. Mix well. Make sure your hands have first been washed. Consider wearing food handler’s gloves.

Step 3

Shape the meat into ½-inch thick patties.

Step 4

Set the patties on a broiler pan. Place the pan in the center of the oven and broil for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the meat is no longer pink.

Step 5

Thinly slice the patties before serving.

Photo Credits

  • Kate Van Vleck/Demand Media

About the Author

Ann Johnson has been a freelance writer since 1995. She previously served as the editor of a community magazine in Southern California and was also an active real-estate agent, specializing in commercial and residential properties. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University, Fullerton.