Gyro Meat with Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

Looking for an easy Gyro Meat with Tzatziki Sauce recipe? Learn how to make Gyro Meat with Tzatziki Sauce using healthy ingredients.

Submitted by fareako

Makes 8 servings

From Alton Brown's Recipe:

Recipe Ingredients for Gyro Meat with Tzatziki Sauce

1 medium onion
2 pounds ground lamb
1 tablespoon finely minced garlic
1 tablespoon dried marjoram
1 tablespoon dried ground rosemary
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
16 ounces 2% fage yogurt
1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, and finely chopped
1 tsp kosher salt
4 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
1/2 tbsp mint leaves, finely minced

Recipe Directions for Gyro Meat with Tzatziki Sauce

  1. Process the onion in a food processor for 10 to 15 seconds and turn out into the center of a tea towel (I used a paper towel instead of a tea/dish towel). Gather up the ends of the towel and squeeze until almost all of the juice is removed. Discard juice.

  2. Return the onion to the food processor and add the lamb, garlic, marjoram, rosemary, salt, and pepper and process until it is a fine paste, approximately 1 minute. Stop the processor as needed to scrape down sides of bowl.

  3. To cook in the oven as a meatloaf, proceed as follows:

  4. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

  5. Place the mixture into a loaf pan, making sure to press into the sides of the pan. Place the loaf pan into a water bath and bake for 60 to 75 minutes or until the mixture reaches 165 to 170 degrees F. Remove from the oven and drain off any fat. Place the loaf pan on a cooling rack and place a brick wrapped in aluminum foil directly on the surface of the meat and allow to sit for 15 to 20 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 175 degrees F. Slice and serve on pita bread with tzatziki sauce, chopped onion, tomatoes and feta cheese.

  6. To cook on a rotisserie, proceed as follows:

  7. Form the meat mixture into a loaf shape and place on top of 2 overlapping pieces of plastic wrap that are at least 18 inches long. Roll the mixture in the plastic wrap tightly, making sure to remove any air pockets. Once the meat is completely rolled in the wrap, twist the ends of the plastic wrap until the surface of the wrap is tight. Store in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or up to overnight, to allow the mixture to firm up.

  8. Preheat the grill to high.

  9. Place the meat onto the rotisserie skewer. Place a double-thick piece of aluminum foil folded into a tray directly under the meat to catch any drippings. Cook on high for 15 minutes. Decrease the heat to medium and continue to cook for another 20 to 30 minutes or until the internal temperature of the meat reaches 165 degrees F. Turn off the heat and allow to continue to spin for another 10 to 15 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 175 degrees. Slice and serve on pita bread with tzatziki sauce, chopped onion, tomatoes, and feta cheese.

  10. Tzatziki Sauce:

  11. Place the yogurt in a tea towel (I used a paper towel instead of a tea/dish towel), gather up the edges, suspend over a bowl, and drain for 2 hours in the refrigerator.

  12. Place the chopped cucumber in a tea towel and squeeze to remove the liquid; discard liquid. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the drained yogurt, cucumber, salt, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, and mint. Serve as a sauce for gyros. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to a week.


Main Dish, Greek, Mediterranean

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 230.3g
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrates
Dietary Fiber
Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 5%
Calcium 10% Iron 18%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.


Calorie Breakdown
Nutrition Breakdown
Daily Values
Daily Values

Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
  Good points
  • High in niacin
  • Very high in selenium
  • High in vitamin B12
  • High in zinc
  •   Bad points
  • High in cholesterol
  • High in sodium
  • Join Calorie Count - It's Easy and Free!