Grilled Beef Gyros – Game Day Grilling Series

Football is back, and the Game Day Grilling Series continues with unique takes on traditional grilled fan favorites to celebrate the big day. Up today – grilled beef gyros. Traditionally, a gyro is made with lamb or chicken cooked on a vertical rotisserie. The meat is thinly sliced and served in warm pita bread with tzatziki sauce, diced tomatoes, and onions.

Our grilled version features grilled strips of marinated sirloin on grilled flatbread with fresh veggies and a refreshing cucumber sauce. These sandwiches are one-handed beasts leaving the other to beat the air at the sound of your team's fight song.

Begin by slicing a beef sirloin tip roast into ¼" thick slices, and then add them to a marinade of onion, garlic, sugar, mustard, ginger, pepper, cayenne, and soy sauce. The soy sauce and spices salt will infuse the strips with moisture and flavor. The sauce is a simple mixture of cucumber, garlic, salt, vinegar, oil, and sour cream that is fresh, light, and fragrant. Grill sirloin strips over medium heat until cooked and serve on warmed pita bread with sliced onion, chopped tomatoes, and cucumber sauce. 

This may not be your standard Greek gyro, but it will feed your soul with the nourishment of the gods. Grab your long chairs and fan gear, fire up your grill, and celebrate the best time of the year with the Game Day Grilling Series!

Serves 8-10

Grilled Beef Gyros Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion, cut into chunks
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger or 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger root
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 boneless beef sirloin tip roast (2 to 3 pounds), cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, and cut into chunks
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive or vegetable oil
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
  • 8 to 10 portions of pita bread, warmed and halved
  • Thinly sliced onion
  • Chopped tomato

Grilled Beef Gyros Directions

  1. In a blender or food processor, place the onion, garlic, sugar, mustard, ginger, pepper, and cayenne; cover and process until the onion is finely chopped. Add soy sauce and water; process until blended. Place the beef in a large resealable plastic bag. Add marinade. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
  2. For the sauce, combine the cucumber, garlic, and salt in a blender or food processor; cover and process until the cucumber is chopped. Add vinegar and oil; process until blended. Transfer to a bowl; stir in sour cream. Refrigerate until serving.
  3. Drain and discard the marinade. Grill beef, covered, over medium-hot heat until meat reaches desired doneness. Place beef in pita halves. Top with cucumber sauce, sliced onion, and chopped tomato. Refrigerate any remaining sauce.