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posted January 05, 2023

Smoked Gyro Meat

This smoked gyro meat is a perfect blend of ground beef and lamb smoked to tasty perfection. Serve it in a pita with tzatziki sauce, and you’re ready to have the best gyro of your life!

Gyro with smoked gyro meat on a serving platter with text overlay - Smoked Gyro Meat.

Smoked Gyro Meat

If you love gyro meat, you’ve got to try this smoked variety! 

This gyro meat tastes like a perfect blend of Mediterranean meets Middle Eastern spices, all kissed with wood smoke. The combination of beef and lamb creates the perfect texture for piling high inside a pita and drizzling with tzatziki sauce.

Gyro meat being formed on a wooden cutting board.

Gyro meat being formed into a log using plastic wrap.

Ingredients for Smoked Gyro Meat

Now that you’re ready to make this awesome smoked gyro meat, you’ll need to grab a few ingredients before diving in. Here’s what you’ll need to make this meat.

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 1 medium onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon dried ground rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Gyro meat on a vertical rotisserie pan.

How to Smoke Gyro Meat

Once you have all your ingredients purchased and assembled, you’re ready to make this meat. Plan on a little bit of time to make this meat. It will take around 4 hours to refrigerate and smoke. Here’s how to smoke gyro meat.

  1. Make the meat. Add onion, garlic, and seasonings to a food processor and pulse until blended. Add the beef and lamb and continue to process until smooth.
  2. Form the loaf. Lay plastic wrap on a work surface and pour out the meat. Form into a large loaf, rolling up the sides of the plastic wrap to press out any air. Twist the ends of the plastic wrap to seal.
  3. Refrigerate. Place the wrapped meat in the fridge for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
  4. Prepare to smoke. When ready to cook the meat, preheat your favorite smoker to 275 degrees F. Remove the gyro meat from the plastic wrap and slide it on a vertical rotisserie pan. If you don’t have a rotisserie pan, you can lay it flat on a grill pan.
  5. Smoke the gyro meat. Place the rotisserie pan on the preheated smoker. Close the lid, and smoke for around 4 hours or until the temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
  6. Rest. Remove the meat from the smoker and tent it with foil until the temperature reaches 175 degrees F.
  7. Slice and serve. Slice the meat nice and thin and roll it up in pita bread with sliced onions, tomatoes, and tzatziki sauce. Enjoy!

Smoked gyro meat being sliced for gyros.

How Long to Smoke Gyro Meat

It takes approximately 4 hours to smoke gyro meat with the smoker running steady at 275 degrees F.

This time may vary, so be sure to keep an eye on temperatures while the meat cooks. Remove the gyro meat from the smoker when it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. After you take the meat off the smoker, tent it with foil and rest until the meat increases 175 degrees F. The best way to track temperatures while the meat cooks is with a reliable meat thermometer

Gyro with smoked gyro meat on a serving platter.

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Gyro with smoked gyro meat on a serving platter.

Smoked Gyro Meat

Susie Bulloch
This smoked gyro meat is a perfect blend of ground beef and lamb smoked to tasty perfection. Serve it in a pita with tzatziki sauce, and you're ready to have the best gyro of your life!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time : 15 mins
Cook Time : 4 hrs
Refrigeration Time : 2 hrs
Total Time : 6 hrs 15 mins
Servings : 6 people
Calories : 420kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 1 medium onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon dried ground rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Make the seasoning blend. Add the onion, garlic, and seasonings to a food processor and pulse until the onion and garlic are extremely small.
  • Add meat. Add the ground lamb and beef to the processor and process until smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  • Form the meat. Lay two large pieces of overlapping plastic wrap on a flat work surface. Turn out the contents of the processor bowl into the center of the plastic wrap and form it into a log shape. Roll up the sides of the plastic wrap and press out any excess air. Shape the meat into a log that is about 6 inches wide and 6 inches tall. Refrigerate the meat for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
  • Preheat. Preheat your smoker to 275 degrees using your favorite hardwood. I prefer pecan or alder for this recipe.
  • Smoke. Remove the gyro meat from the plastic wrap and slide it onto a vertical rotisserie pan or lay it flat on a grill pan. Place the gyro meat on the smoker, close the lid, and cook for about 4 hours or until the internal temperature of the meat reaches 165 degrees F. Remove from the smoker, tent with foil, and allow the carry-over cooking to bring the meat up to 175 degrees F.
  • Enjoy. Your meat is ready to slice thinly and serve on pita bread with tomatoes, onions, and tzatziki sauce! I like to remove the loaf from the spit before slicing, so each piece gets a bit of a smoky/crunchy exterior.

Nutrition

Calories: 420kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 872mg | Potassium: 425mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 33IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 3mg
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