Venison Gyros with a Weston Meat Grinder

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Recipe - Venison Gyros with a Weston Meat Grinder

From the Weston Kitchen


Venison Gyro Meat

  • 2 lbs venison, cubed
  • 1/4 large white onion, diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon crushed rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oregano

Ground meat seasoning

  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon crushed rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

Tzatziki Sauce

  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon dill
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Sweet Potato Fries

  • 3 sweet potatoes
  • 1 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups peanut oil


  • Pitas
  • Tomatoes
  • White onions
  • Feta cheese


  • Meat Grinder
  • Loaf pan
  • Mandoline Slicer
  • French Fry Cutter


Prepare Gyro Meat

  1. Keep all metal parts of the Meat Grinder in the freezer until you're ready to grind.
  2. Grind the venison through the coarse plate of the meat grinder into a bowl over ice.
  3. Mix the ground venison with the rest of the gyro ingredients. Grind through the medium plate.
  4. Grind the mixture through the fine plate.
  5. Drain the ice water from the ice below the bowl into the ground meat. Sprinkle in the remaining parsley, pepper, oregano, and rosemary. Mix well.
  6. Spread the meat in a greased loaf pan, pressing down tightly, and spread to the edges.
  7. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165.
  8. Let cool, wrap tightly in plastic wrap, then refrigerate at least 6 hours.


Tzatziki Sauce

  1. Grate cucumber with the Mandoline slicer.
  2. Mix together all ingredients, cover, and refrigerate.

Sweet Potato Fries

  1. Wrap the sweet potatoes in damp towels and microwave them for 3 minutes.
  2. Use the French fry cutter to cut the sweet potato fries.
  3. Heat the peanut oil to 375 degrees.
  4. Fry the sweet potatoes for 5-10 minutes, until they float.
  5. Strain into a bowl covered with a paper towel.


Prepare Garnish

  1. Use the Mandoline to thinly slice the white onion and slice the tomatoes.

Serve Gyros

  1. Slice the gyro meat from the loaf with a serrated knife.
  2. Fry in olive oil in a skillet for a minute on each side (until browned).
  3. Serve the gyro meat on pita with a handful of sweet potato fries, heavy dollops of tzatziki sauce, lettuce, tomato, and onions.
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