Learn how to make aromatic and juicy gyro meat at home without any special tools. Made with beef and lamb meat, gyro meat is perfectly spiced and then roasted in the oven.
Full of flavor and texture, this aromatic gyro meat recipe is perfect for satisfying your craving for Greek take-out. Marinated with delicious greek spices, serve this juicy gyro meat in a keto tortilla for lunch or dinner with your favorite side dish for the best culinary experience.
Juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside this gluten-free gyro will make a great impression among the guests you will have at the table. And no one will believe it’s a keto recipe.
Who doesn’t love fast food dishes? Personally, I love them, and today I really wanted to enjoy a tasty gyro, but since the ones in the restaurants have a lot of ingredients high in carbs, I decided to make my gyro at home. After all, what can be so hard? I also made shawarma, which was extremely delicious.
Why Are You Going To Love This Recipe
- It tastes like the one from the restaurants.
- It’s homemade, so you know exactly what it contains.
- It’s a versatile recipe; you can make it by your preferences.
- You can make it ahead of time.
- Has only xg net carbs per serving.
What Is Gyro?
Gyros, a well-known dish in Greece, is meat placed on a vertical skewer and served on pita bread. This dish can be made from chicken, pork, lamb, or beef. In addition to meat, various salads and sauces are added. The ingredients used are tomatoes, french fries, onions, and tzatziki sauce.
Is Gyro Keto-Friendly?
Traditional gyros are not keto because they are wrapped in that pita bread and contain french fries. But fortunately, you can make your gyro at home in a healthier and keto-approved way by replacing the pita bread with a keto one and skipping the french fries or replacing them with a keto version.
Ingredients For Gyro Meat Recipe
You will need only eight ingredients to create one of the best gyro meat you have ever tried. Here is a list with everything you will need:
- Ground Beef & Lamb – use this type of meat mixture to help the gyro be extra juicy because of the higher fat percentage.
- Red Onion – you can also use a yellow onion; make sure it is finely chopped.
- Garlic Cloves – fresh Garlic will give the meat mixture an intense flavor.
- Thyme – this ingredient gives a slightly sour flavor to the dish.
- Oregano – that minty oregano flavor will pair perfectly with all the refreshing ingredients from this gyro.
- Cumin – this ingredient is used in many greek recipes to give a rich and hearty flavor.
- Paprika – choose to use a smoked one because the flavor will be greater.
- Onion Powder – gives an extra flavor. You can replace it with garlic powder.
- Salt&Pepper – to taste.
How To Make The Best Gyro Meat
After seeing how easy it is to make your gyro home, you will never want to eat it at a restaurant again. So here is everything you need to do to enjoy one of the most delicious gyros at home:
- Start by adding the onion and garlic to a food processor and process until they are well chopped. You can also chop them really well or grate them.
- Now you can add the meat, the onion and garlic mixture, and the rest of the ingredients to a stand mixer and mix well for about ten minutes until a paste is formed.
- After the paste is formed, with the help of an ice cream scoop, form meatballs that you shape into an oval shape and place them on a tray lined with a baking sheet.
- Bake the gyros at 350 F for about 45 minutes until they become golden brown.
- After they are ready, let them cool, slice the gyro into thin slices and enjoy them with your favorite side dishes.
Tips And Variations For Making Gyro Meat
- Add red pepper chili flakes to the mixture if you like spicy food.
- Make sure that you don’t skip the paddling step. I know that ten minutes may seem a lot for making the mixture, but this step helps to get that meatloaf texture; otherwise, you will end up with some burger meat that will fall apart once you want to slice it.
- You can also bake this gyro in a meatloaf shape.
Tools For Making Best Gyro Meat
- Food Processor – used to chop the onion and Garlic finely.
- Baking Tray & Baking Paper – for baking the gyros.
- A standing mixer
How Can I Serve This Gyro?
This type of giro does not necessarily have to be consumed wrapped in a pita together with the classic ingredients; you can also make extremely combinations with other dishes like:
- French Fries
- Your favorite keto salad.
- You can make a sandwich with some keto bread.
- You can serve it with side dishes like creamed spinach and mushroom, zucchini casserole, and many others.
- Fridge: If there are any leftovers (which is hard to think of), you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to seven days.
- Freezer: Sure, you can make these gyros and store them in a freezer bag in the freezer until you are ready to eat them.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a traditional gyro made of?
Gyro is essentially based on meat in the form of thin slices. It can be lamb, pork, beef, chicken, or turkey. In addition, there are gyros in which they are combined, and in some places, even a fish version is available.
What’s the best sauce for eating this gyro?
Without any doubt, it’s tzatziki. Sometimes I think that this sauce was made especially for this gyro. However, this refreshing sauce taste fits perfectly with this type of dish.
What is the difference between shawarma and gyro?
The difference between these two dishes is the meat and the spices used. For example, a gyro is originally Greek and is made from beef or lamb seasoned with rosemary, thyme, oregano, and other herbs in Greek cuisine. And shawarma, on the other hand, is originally a middle eastern dish made from lamb, turkey, or chicken seasoned with cinnamon, turmeric, cardamom, and other regional spices.
Can I Make This Recipe Ahead Of Time?
Definitely yes. Another reason I love this recipe is that I can make it ahead of time. All I have to do is prepare the gyro and store it in the freezer, and when I have a busy day, it is the perfect option for dinner; I slice my gyro, prepare my veggies, and that’s eat – dinner is ready.
Gyro Meat Recipe
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
- Add the onion and Garlic to a food processor and process for 3 minutes or until finely chopped. They can also be grated or chopped very finely.
- Next, add all the ingredients into a stand mixer and mix for 10 minutes until a paste is formed.
- Using an ice cream scoop, form the meatballs, then shape them using your hands into an oval shape.
- Transfer them to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake the gyros meatballs for 40 minutes.
- Once they are ready, remove the baking sheet from the oven and let the gyro meatballs cool.
- Slice them and enjoy!!
How do we calculate the nutrition info?
These nutrition facts listed are determined using nutrition information from the USDA Food Database. Our nutrition facts are accurate, but if you are using different products, please make your calculations. Net carb count is calculated by subtracting both fiber and sugar alcohols because they don’t raise blood sugar.
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