Simple Lamb Meatball Gyros

Bev’rly had a little lamb meatball gyro, little lamb meatball gyro, little lamb meatball gyro. Bev’rly had a little lamb meatball gyro, its meats delight, hey-ohhhh.


Shall I continue the rhyme? Because I know you like it so. Eh, I guess I won’t today. I’ll just get straight to the-EEEVERYWHERE that Bev’rly went, Bev’rly went, Bev’rly went. Everywhere that Bev’rly went the gyro was sure to go.

Whoa. Pardon me. Something these things happen and I can’t control them. Embarrassing! Anyway, so these are absolutely delic-IT WAAALKED into my mouth one day, mouth one day, mouth one day. It walked into my mouth one day, which wasn’t against the rules.


I am so sorry, you guys. Wowza. Let me try and focus here. So what you’ll do is brown some lovely lamb meatb-IT MAAAADE my mouth hole laugh and play, laugh and play, laugh and play. It made my mouth hole laugh and play, to see the gyro drool.

Okay this is starting to get ridiculous. I’m honestly doing all I can here. Okay, let’s just talk about the pita bre-AND SOOO I tried to swallow it whole, swallow it whole, swallow it whole. And so I tried to swallow it whole, but still it lingered near.

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Uuuuuugh. This is just bad. I don’t even know what to say right now. Maybe if I tell you about the yogu- “WHY DOOOOES the gyro love Bev’rly so? Love Bev’rly so? Love Bev’rly so? Why does the gyro love Bev’rly so?” My eager face doth cry.


I freaking give up. I surrender. Holding up my white fla- “WHY, BEEEEV’RLY loves the lamb gyro, lamb gyro, lamb gyro. Why, Bev’rly loves the lamb gyro.” My soul hole did reply.


So there’s that.

Simple Lamb Meatball Gyros:

(adapted from an old Real Simple)

What it took for 4:

* 1 pound ground lamb
* 1/4 cup golden raisins
* 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
* 1 whole grain English muffin, pulsed in a food processor until you have breadcrumbs
* 1 egg, lighten beaten
* 4 scallions, thinly sliced, divided
* 4 pita breads
* 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
* fresh mint leaves, for garnish
* 1/4 cup freshly chopped tomatoes, for garnish
* 1 lime, for spritzing
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Preheat oven to 400.

In a large bowl combine the lamb, raisins, cinnamon, breadcrumbs, egg, 3/4 of the scallions, and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Using your hands, form little balls about the size of a golf ball. Place them on a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil.

Stick them in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes, rotating the balls every few minutes so they brown evenly on all sides.

Heat the pita bread in the microwave until soft and pliable.

Place 3 to 5 ball on each pita bread. Dollop with a little yogurt and garnish with remaining scallions and tomatoes. Give a good spritz of lime and dig in!


BEEEEV’RLY HAD A LITTLE LAM – I’m just kidding.

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37 Responses to Simple Lamb Meatball Gyros

  1. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie February 20, 2013 at 8:50 am #
    I love lamb gyros but have never made anything other than chicken gyros as home. These look awesome and now I have that song stuck in my head.
  2. Jen @ Savory Simple February 20, 2013 at 9:03 am #
    I looooove lamb and gyros. I would like to thank you in advance for sending me some of this!
  3. Heather February 20, 2013 at 9:35 am #
    Gyros are the way to my husband's heart. Man loves his lamb. Chicken for me om nommm
  4. Little Kitchie February 20, 2013 at 9:44 am #
    I want I want I want.
  5. Kim @ Soliloquy Of Food & Such February 20, 2013 at 10:07 am #
    I just started subscribing....honestly, it was for the song "Bev’rly had a little lamb meatball gyro". I really enjoyed it, and am looking forward to BevCooks, The Musical (jazzhands!). Oh yeah, gyros look delish, too...ziplisting.
  6. Heather @ Heather's Dish February 20, 2013 at 10:23 am #
  7. Rach February 20, 2013 at 11:07 am #
    These look delicious! I've never made gyros at home before. I should really try that!
  8. davis ann February 20, 2013 at 11:10 am #
    weird question: what kind of pitas are those? did ya make 'em? i never like the pita i buy at the grocery. too dry.
    • Bev Weidner February 20, 2013 at 11:40 am #
      They're just from the store! The brand is Toufayan, and they're the "low carb" version. I dig 'em!
  9. Kari@Loaves n Dishes February 20, 2013 at 11:11 am #
    Raisins and cinnamon in the lamb? Totally diggin' it!
  10. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl February 20, 2013 at 11:30 am #
    Love the raisins and cinnamon - this sounds insane!
  11. Sues February 20, 2013 at 11:36 am #
    I LOVE lamb meatballs. Throw them on a gyro and I'm in heaven!
  12. Chelsea February 20, 2013 at 12:04 pm #
    I used to mispronounce these and call them "Jii-rows" until I went to a Greek place and they gave me a confused look when I tried ordering! Oh and also, did you mean 1 pound ground lamb instead of 1 lamb ground lamb? I could be wrong but that would be a whole lot of lamb! Guess it would make good for leftovers, though. =)
    • Bev Weidner February 20, 2013 at 12:14 pm #
      Hahahaha! I used to call them that too! And oh wow. I'm updating the recipe. That would be 1 pound ground lamb. Ew! Somethings I'm lysdexic.
  13. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking February 20, 2013 at 12:35 pm #
    Uh, yeah. My husband would do just about anything for me if I made him these... I'm ON IT.
  14. claire @ the realistic nutritionist February 20, 2013 at 12:42 pm #
    I was at a fair and someone (they may or may not have had 3 teeth said) I WANT TWO OF THEM GEEEEEEEROOOS. i died and cried inside. In other news, I love this!
  15. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain February 20, 2013 at 2:05 pm #
    OMG I think you should re-write nursery rhymes, but all about food. Though, the term mouth hole (which just made me laugh out loud like a crazy person in the library) might weird some boring normal people out lol. But if you write the Nursery Rhymes for Food Lovers - I'll happily be your first customer :D
  16. Jackie @ The Beeroness February 20, 2013 at 2:37 pm #
    I love it when you sing about your tasty balls.
  17. Shaina February 20, 2013 at 2:52 pm #
    Get in ma belleh. This is just.
  18. Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungry February 20, 2013 at 7:19 pm #
    Do you think I could use ground up chicken or turkey instead? I am allergic to lamb. I am loving all the flavor you packed into those tiny little balls! : )
    • Bev Weidner February 20, 2013 at 8:43 pm #
      Aaaaabsolutely! Use any ground meat ya dig!
  19. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen February 20, 2013 at 8:28 pm #
    Dang! I want 'em! Why go out to eat, ever, when you can eat like this at home?
  20. Ali | Gimme Some Oven February 20, 2013 at 9:54 pm #
    IN-credible. I totally need to give gyros a try at home!
  21. Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife February 20, 2013 at 10:27 pm #
  22. Megan @ Country Cleaver February 20, 2013 at 10:39 pm #
    I want this so Baaaaaadddddd!!!
  23. Katie @ Blonde Ambition February 21, 2013 at 2:02 pm #
    I actually laughed out loud at this. Slash, cried because these meatballs sound sooo tasty.
  24. Nam @ The Culinary Chronicles February 22, 2013 at 5:30 pm #
  25. Kevin @ Closet Cooking February 26, 2013 at 12:33 pm #
    You cannot go wrong with gyros and these look good!
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    These were freaking awesome. Thanks for sharing the recipe! I blogged about them over here:
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