Lamb Gyro with Onion Salad and Yoghurt Sauce

10 Aug 2022

Lamb Gyro with Onion Salad and Yoghurt Sauce

1 Hour 20 Minutes | easy | Serves 6

A lamb gyro is a classic kebab originating from Greece. It would usually be made in a very large quantity on a vast, vertical rotisserie, but this doesn’t make much sense for a home cook! This method wraps the meat in foil and uses the Outback temperature probe to ensure the meat is perfectly cooked. Serve with flatbreads or pitta, a yoghurt sauce like this one, or a classic tzatziki.


  • 500g lamb mince
  • 400g diced lamb shoulder
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 onions, finely sliced
  • 2 tablespoons sumac
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Handful parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • 250g plain yoghurt
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried mint
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 6 flatbreads or pitta
  • 3 tomatoes, diced
  • ½ cucumber, sliced



Combine the lamb mince

Combine the lamb mince and shoulder, garlic, ground cumin, onion powder, oregano black pepper and some salt in a blender and pulse into well blended. If you like, you can cook a small piece of the meat to check the seasoning at this point.

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Lay a few sheets of foil

Lay a few sheets of foil overlapping on a work surface and place the meat onto it, then gently shape into a log. Wrap the foil, twisting it at the ends to secure.

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Light two gas burners

Light two gas burners on the Jupiter Outback BBQ and set the heat to medium high – you’re looking for a temperature of around 180C. Place the gyro into a small dish and insert the Outback temperature probe, then place the dish on the opposite side of the BBQ to the lit burners and close the lid. Cook for 1 hour, or until the meat is cooked through and the probe registers at least 65C.

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While the meat is cooking

While the meat is cooking, combine all the ingredients for the onion salad with a pinch of salt and set aside, but don’t refrigerate.

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Combine all the ingredients

Combine all the ingredients for the yoghurt sauce with a pinch of salt and refrigerate until needed.

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Once the lamb has reached temperature, carefully unwrap and very thinly slice the meat. Serve with the flatbreads or pitta, yoghurt sauce, onion salad, tomatoes and cucumber.

This gyro would traditionally be served with a tzatziki. To make one, just add a grated garlic clove and some diced cucumber to the yoghurt sauce above, omitting the sugar.

Recipe Author

Recipe Author

Helen Graves

Helen Graves is an award-winning recipe, food and travel writer with a particular interest in barbecue. She writes freelance for many major food and drink publications and is editor of Pit, the UK's first independent magazine about live-fire cooking. Helen has created a series of exclusive recipes for Outback that focus on maximising flavour for the home cook using lots of spices, fresh herbs and BBQ techniques.

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