Loaded Ground Lamb Gyro Fries with tzatziki sauce; perfect as an appetizer, game-day snack, or tasty weeknight meal.
Made with ground lamb, kalamata olives, diced tomatoes, fresh chives, crushed chili flakes, waffle cut fries, and Tzatziki Sauce, this Greek-inspired recipe will absolutely knock your socks off!
All you need to make these homemade greek fries a dream come true is an air fryer or oven, a pan for cooking, and a handful of ingredients.
Love lamb, but looking for more of an entree? Check out my Smoked Bacon Wrapped Leg of Lamb recipe!
Crispy Gyro Fries Recipe
Prepared similarly to the classic gyro, these loaded crispy fries will have you drooling in anticipation before you can even take a bite.
Using cooked freshly ground lamb and seasoning with crushed chili flakes, salt, garlic, and Italian seasoning, these loaded fries can be ready and on the table in about 30 minutes (including prep and cook time),
I developed this recipe for a McCain foods cooking contest entry, but honestly, they came out SO well, I just had to share the recipe with you.
Ingredients for Gyro Fries
Fries: For this recipe, I used 1 lb of waffle-cut fries. You can make them yourself or you can buy a frozen bag at the grocery store.
Pro-Tip: Looking to get fancy? You can also make this recipe with homemade or store-bought curly fries!
Meat: To make gyro meat, you are going to need 8 oz of ground lamb. Now, you might be able to pick this up at your local grocery store depending on the time of year or you might need to hop over to your local butcher.
If you can’t find lamb or are looking for a substitute, you can also make this recipe with chicken breast and make chicken gyros!
Seasoning: Make that ground lamb taste like traditional gyro meat with greek spices like 1 tsp of crushed chili flakes, 1 tsp of kosher salt, 1 tsp of granulated garlic, and 1 tsp of Italian seasoning.
Fresh Toppings: Load up your fries with traditional gyro toppings like crumbled feta cheese, kalamata olives, diced tomatoes, chives, pickled onions, and everyone’s favorite, tzatziki sauce!
Pita (optional): Can’t do without pita bread? Consider air frying some pita triangles to dip into the tzatziki sauce.
How to Make Gyro Fries
Cook the meat. In a pan crumble ground lamb and cook for about 5 minutes, add seasoning, and continue cooking until done. The total cook time is about 10 minutes. Once the meat has cooled, drain the lamb onto paper towels and set aside.
Cook the fries. While the lamb is cooking you can cook your waffle fries either in an air fryer at 375 degrees F. for 12-15 minutes. You can also deep fry for about 5-7 minutes at 350 degrees F.
Layer ingredients in a pan and bake. Once the fries and lamb are cooked begin layering fries into a pan topping with ground lamb, feta, olives, and tomatoes. Bake for 5-8 minutes at 400 degrees F. until the feta has melted.
Add toppings and serve. Once done, before serving top your gyro fries with pickled onions, chives, tzatziki sauce. Serve when ready and enjoy!
How to Store Leftovers
Leftover fries should be stored in the refrigerator after cooling in an air-tight container. The leftover fries will keep for about 3-5 days; anything after 5 days should be tossed.
Reheating Leftover Fries
Revive fries without them becoming a soggy mess in the microwave.
Reheating fries is easier than you think, super simple, and doesn’t require a ton of oil.
Heat a large, heavy-bottomed pan, I recommend a cast-iron, over medium-high heat; pour in a few tablespoons of oil; add your leftover fries; cook, flipping once; and have delicious fries again!
What are gyro’s made of?
Traditionally, gyros are made from lamb meat. However, you can sometimes find them made with a meat combo of lamb, beef, and chicken.
What makes gyro meat, gyro meat is very generous seasoning.
Gyro meat is heavily seasoned with salt, herbs, and spices, and honestly, is nothing sort of an impossible-not-to-love flavor explosion especially when tzatziki sauce is involved!
Do traditional gyros have fries?
The great debate! Some people say yes and some people say no.
You CAN go to Greece and be served fries along aside, inside or on top of gyros, but on the flip side of that, some places don’t.
What is considered traditional is all up to you … and maybe which area of Greece you are in.
I grew up with french fries being served with my gyros, so for me, traditionally, yes, gyros have fries!
What does gyros mean in Greek?
A gyro (pronounced YEE-row) is a dish from Greece and an all time favorite when it comes to greek recipes. A gyro is also traditionally served on pita bread.
The gyro meat is made with stacked meat that has been cooked on a vertical rotisserie that spins in circles.
Now, on to the meaning, the translation of “gyro” itself means “round” in Greek. Makes sense when you think of it.
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Ground Lamb Gyro Fries
- 1 8×10 pan
- 1 Air Fryer or Oven
- 1 lb Waffle Cut Fries
- 4 oz Crumbled Feta
- ¼ cup Kalamata Olives
- ¼ cup Diced Tomatoes
- 1 tbsp Chives
- ½ cup Tzatziki Sauce
- ¼ cup Pickled Onions
- In a pan crumble ground lamb and cook for about 5 minutes then add seasoning and continue cooking until done. Total cook time about 10 minutes. Once the meat is cooled drain lamb onto paper towels and set aside.
- While the lamb is cooking you can cook your waffle fries either in an air fryer at 375 degrees F. for 12-15 minutes. You can also deep fry for about 5-7 minutes at 350 degrees F.
- Once the fries and lamb are cooked begin layering fries into a pan topping with ground lamb, feta, olives, and tomatoes. Bake for 5-8 minutes at 400 degrees F. until the feta has melted.
- Top your gyro fries with pickled onions, chives, tzatziki sauce