I was in my late 30’s by the time I tried my first Gyro sandwich. I know, right?! Gyros are amazing!
That is a great question and throughout history, gyros have been made with all types of meats. It depended on what type of animal was in abundance in any particular area of the world where gyro, or doner kebab was made.
You can find authentic recipes for gyro or doner kebab using lamb, pork, chicken, and beef. Slice the meat thin and slide onto a vertical spit to form an upside down cone shape. Take advantage of slices of fat by placing them throughout the stack of meat. Some recipes use slices of meat from different types of animals together. Different seasonings are then rubbed on the outside
The vertical spit turns over heat cooking the meat and melting the layers of fat. The shape of the cone of meat allows for self basting creating incredible juicy flavorful meat.
Once the meat is done, the meat is thin slice from the outside and then stacked on a piece of grilled pita bread with green lettuce, tomato, and onion slices. Tzatziki sauce is served over the top and the pita bread folds around all of the goodness.
in the 1970’s Gyros found their way to big cities like New York at street carts and were commonly made with beef and lamb. Today, there are Greek, Mediterranean, and Turkish restaurants that serve a form of gyro sandwich on their menu across the nation.
You can make gyros at home the traditional way, with sliced meat, or an easier way is to use ground meat.
The gyro I have eaten in the past has been crispy on the outside and tender on the inside by being cooked on the spinning vertical spit. We can most definitely replicate that by using an air fryer instead of the vertical spit. Hot air blows quickly around the loaf of meat allowing the outside to crisp keeping the inside moist and tender.
I make a flavorful loaf of meat using seasoned beef and lamb roasted in our air fryer. The outside is perfectly crispy while the inside is incredibly flavorful, juicy, and tender.
Cut the ground gyro meatloaf into thin slices and make yourself a gyro sandwich. Do not forget the Tzatziki sauce. It’s not a gyro with out it.
Wrap the aluminum foil up around the loaf and fold edges to form around the loaf with enough to grab as a handle.
You can then pick the gyro loaf up and slide it down into the air fryer basket. Remember the loaf is formed small enough to allow the hot air to blow around the sides.
We air fry our gyro for 1 hour at 300°F. I like to flip the gyro loaf after 45 minutes and take the loaf out of the aluminum foil pan we made. This allows the entire outside of the gyro to develop a nice roasted crust.
Tzatziki sauce is the traditional sauce to top a gyro sandwich but do not limit yourself. Using Greek yogurt, cucumber, dill and other flavors, you have yourself a sauce that can be dipped into with raw vegetables or poured over the top of any sandwich or meat.
Tzatziki sauce is a cool and refreshing sauce. It is almost destined to be a summer time recipe given its cucumber, lemon, and dill flavors.
Looking for the perfect Tzatziki flavor, we have been through a few different versions to find what we now only make. The recipe we now use is one that I pieced together by reading tens of tzatziki sauce recipes and made even better by cutting the Greek yogurt in half, using dried dill weed instead of fresh and also doubling the dill weed used. Talk about an incredible flavor to put on amazing tasty gyro meat. Click here to open our incredible Tzatziki Sauce Recipe.
When I look at pictures of gyros online, I see some gyros with crispy French fries piled on top. What?! Of course that needs to be a part of our family gyro recipe.
French fries are one of our kids’ favorite things to have on the side of anything. Adding fries to anything will get an eyebrow raise from both kids. They also add a nice crunch and a bit of salt to the mix.
We use thin sliced frozen French fries cooked in our air fryer while the gyro meat rests under aluminum foil. As soon as they are golden brown on the ends, we salt them, slice our gyro meat and make ourselves an amazing sandwich.
Tear 4 or 5 washed and dried green lettuce leaves into small pieces. I think the green lettuce has the best flavor.
Add plenty of medium sliced Roma tomatoes. Any tomato will work as long as they are ripe and flavorful. You can add a little salt and pepper to the tomatoes if they need a little help.
Those tasty sandwiches get a good amount of deliciousness from the pita bread as well. Pita bread is thin, flat, and has the option of being cut in half, opened, and stuffed or you can leave it whole and fold it around the ingredients. We spray our pita bread with olive oil and then toast them in the air fryer until they just start to brown.
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