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Gyro Bowl

To be honest, we’re not even sure if this gyro bowl recipe is a recipe or more of a suggested combination of delicious things. Call it whatever you want, just make sure you eat it.


gyro bowl with cucumbers, lemon rice, feta, red onion, tomatoes, lettuce and gyro meat with a fork

Our Favorite Greek Flavors, In One Gorgeous Bowlful.

Juicy, ultra-seasoned homemade gyro meat—our recipe is a blend of lamb and beef—sits atop a bowlful of lemon rice that’s as bright and sunny as the Greek coastline itself. From there, well, creativity is welcome! We wanted a dinner that satisfied our craving for something a little healthy but deeply flavorful, and something with flavors that were a bit out of our regular rotation. The savory, often tangy, perfectly contrasted textures and tastes of classic Greek cuisine never fail to deliver, and so we turned to them, and to the ingredients that make Greek gyro sandwiches oh-so-lovable—to create this Greek rice bowl. It’s a new favorite in our homes, now, and we hope you love it, too!

lemon rice, tzatziki sauce in a bowl and a plater with gyro meat, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, feta and lettuce.

What’s In This Gyro Rice Bowl?

Can you tell we were really, really hungry when we dreamt this gyro rice bowl up? So hungry for all of the things! Once we learned how simple it can be to make your own gyro meat, we knew that it wouldn’t be relegated to just a sandwich filler. It anchors this rice bowl and gives it heft. The rice—well, it’s a rice bowl, so it’s a must, too. But beyond that, you can feel free to play around a little. Think of this list of gyro rice bowl toppers as a jumping off point—not as set in stone. Here’s what we love to top our gyro bowls with:

  • Cucumbers
  • Tzatziki sauce
  • Pickled onions
  • Feta cheese
  • Tomatoes
  • Hummus
  • Olives
gyro bowl with cucumbers, lemon rice, feta, red onion, tomatoes, lettuce and gyro meat

The Easy Way VS The Upgrade

How much time do you have tonight? If you’re tight on time, take the easy way out. If you’re feeling like you’ve got some breathing room, indulge in some kitchen time and go for the homemade and upgraded. You could even cherry pick and do some things the easy way and some the harder way. Here are three easy moments in this recipes to make a simpler swap:

  • Lemon rice vs. plain white rice. We’re just going to say it, so that you don’t beat yourself up about it—it’s A-OK to use plain rice as a base for this bowl. It won’t be quite as delicious, and the lemon rice is just about as easy to make as plain, but if you’re just feeling like you can’t go the extra mile, don’t sweat it!
  • Homemade tzatziki vs. store-bought. Homemade tzatziki is surprisingly easy to pull off, but yeah, we can’t really argue that store-buying it isn’t even easier. Pick your battles! Do what you can. Store bought is fine!
  • Homemade hummus vs. whole chickpeas or store-bought hummus. Make hummus from scratch if you have the extra time, but you can also use store-bought or even just plain, whole chickpeas (from a can, or cooked from dry). Either way—you still rock! Dinner will be great!
gyro bowl with cucumbers, lemon rice, feta, red onion, tomatoes, lettuce and gyro meat

More Healthy Grain Bowl Recipes To Try

Healthy, filling, adaptable, delicious, these four bowl recipes are dinnertime winners.

gyro bowl with cucumbers, lemon rice, feta, red onion, tomatoes, lettuce and gyro meat
gyro bowl with cucumbers, lemon rice, feta, red onion, tomatoes, lettuce and gyro meat

Do You Gyro?

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Gyro Bowl

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:  20 min
  • Cook Time:  1 hr
  • Calories: 732



  1. Make gyro meat.
  2. Make Lemon rice.
  3. While lemon rice is cooking fry the gyro meat slices in a little olive or a little of the gyro meat pan juices in a large skillet set over medium high heat. Set aside.
  4. When the rice and meat in done, layer all the ingredients into 6 bowls and serve each bowl drizzled with tzatziki sauce and or hummus.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories732
  • Protein44 g
  • Carbohydrates67 g
  • Total Fat33 g
  • Dietary Fiber7 g
  • Cholesterol60 mg
  • sodium521 mg
  • Total Sugars9 g

Gyro Bowl

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  • jenn

    These bowls were amazing, thank you!

    You're welcome, glad you enjoyed them!