This Vegan Gyros Recipe is made with freshly grilled eggplants, bell peppers, portobello mushrooms, onions and tomatoes.  I topped it with a super easy Vegan Tzatziki, making this the best farmer’s market recipe.

In my never ending quest to go eat vegan foods only, I had to make a vegan version of this classic Greek recipe. 

If you want to make this a vegetarian gyro, add feta cheese or goat cheese to it.

Originally published on May 26, 2015. Click here to see why this recipe was updated.

Making these gyros

Can I take a quick digression to sing praises of Greek food?

I love Greek recipes and I have been often created recipes with the same passion.  There was my Vegetarian Souvlaki, Vegan Tzatziki, Tahini, Brussel Sprouts, hummus and even a Nachos recipe

Front View of a Wrapped Pita Filled with Grilled Veggies - Vegan Gyros

I got addicted to tzatziki in when I was working in New York.  Nobody does Greek food quite like New York!

Gyros are one of the top 5 unofficial comfort foods of New York.  If you are find yourself in Queens, go to the Astoria neighborhood and you will see what I am talking about.  There is a restaurant on 23rd street that serves some of the best gyros.

I made my vegan eggplant gyros with grilled veggies because it really brings out the flavors of the veggies.  If you are not a fan of eggplant, you can make this a mushroom gyro too and use french fries too.

Side View of a Wrapped Pita Filled with Grilled Veggies. In the Background, There is an Open Flatbread Filled with Grilled Veggies. Onions and Tomatoes strewn about

How to pronounce “gyro”

Its hard to find anything controversial about gyros, but, there is one thing that really gets people fired up.

“How to pronounce gyro” has often been a heated debate in many Greek restaurant.  I have heard it pronounced so many different ways and I am not even sure which is correct.

Personally, I like to pronounce it as “Jai-rows”.  I hear that “hero” is the correct way to pronounce it, but, I respectfully disagree.

How do you get “hero” from “gyro”?

Front View of a Flatbread Pita Topped with Grilled Veggies

The trick to a good gyro is a heavy duty flatbread pita.  It has to be strong enough to handle ALL the wonderful toppings and doesn’t get soggy under a mountain of tzatziki.

This is my favorite flatbread to use.  What do you think?

You can even do a quick warming of the flatbread stove top to make it more malleable.

gyros flatbreads. One shows the back and the others show the top of the flatbread - vegan gyros

What to serve with these gyros

Gyros love to be the center of attention! That’s why they like sides that make them taste even better!

I love sides like these puff pastry pinwheels and avocado tomato salad. Veggie chips like beet chips and butternut squash fries are also a delicious on the side.

Jenn has compiled a big list of sides for gyros. You will find veggie sides and so much more on this list.

What do you like to serve with gyros?

Front View of a Wrapped Pita Filled with Grilled Veggies - Vegan Gyros

Vegan Gyros Recipe with Tzatziki Sauce

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Vegan Gyros Made with Freshly Grilled Veggies
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Lunch
Cuisine Greek
Servings 2 People
Calories 450 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the Gyros

For the Tzatziki

Instructions
 

For the Gyros

  • In a bowl, add the oil, salt, red pepper flakes and spices
  • Place the veggies into the bowl and mix well
  • Warm up a stove-top grill on medium heat.
  • Place the mushrooms and eggplant on one side
    vegetarian gyros recipe
  • Place the bell peppers on the grill and flip them after about 2 minutes
    recipe for vegan gyros
  • Flip the eggplant rounds and the mushroom strips after about 3 minutes
  • Turn off the grill and place the grilled veggies on a plate
  • Take a flatbread and lay it flat on a plate
  • Top the flatbread with tzatziki
    matcha tzatziki on a flatbread - vegan gyros
  • Add a few leave of baby kale
    baby kale added on the tzatziki - vegan gyros
  • Add a few plum tomatoes and red onions
    tomatoes and onions topped on the baby kale - vegan gyros
  • Add some of the grilled eggplants
    grilled eggplants topped on the tomatoes and onions - vegan gyros
  • Add some of the grilled portobello
    Vegan Gyros
  • Add grilled bell peppers
    add the grilled bell peppers - vegan gyros
  • Top with tzatziki again, garnish with the cilantro and wrap the gyros
  • Assemble the second gyros and enjoy it with a friend!

Notes

I like to grill the veggies separately because the mushroom and eggplants take a little longer.  You can also place all the veggies in the oven and roast them that way

Nutrition

Serving: 1gyroCalories: 450kcalCarbohydrates: 56gProtein: 18gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 1418mgPotassium: 1309mgFiber: 13gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 8145IUVitamin C: 113.9mgCalcium: 91mgIron: 6.2mg
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Version 1

Vegetarian Gyros Made with Alexia Sweet Potato Fries and Alexia Rosemary Fries. #SpringIntoFlavor #CollectiveBias #sponsored

Did you do a double take? Occasionally, I will revisit previous recipes and do a makeover on them. You probably came to this recipe based on “vegetarian gyros” where the photo looked more like the one above?

However, I decided to re-vamp the recipe and bring you the new version you see above. The original version had fries in it but the new one doesn’t. I wanted to emphasize more veggies in this gyros recipe.

I think you will like the new version.

So, feel free to provide your opinion below on how to properly say, “gyro”

My original recipe for gyros can be found here.

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97 Comments

    1. Thank you, Aimee. The Rosemary fries are the best tasting fries, aren’t they?