Introducing the easiest and tastiest Vegan Gyros. This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and so very delicious! It’s made of simple ingredients and is really easy to put together.
Recipe Difficulty – Easy
Why this recipe works
You might be wondering what a Gyros is? It is a classic Greek street dish, with the meat traditionally cooked on a vertical spit and then wrapped in flatbread. Didn’t think there were vegan Greek recipes? Think again!
As many of you know, I don’t eat meat and can’t eat gluten, so I have created a totally homemade gluten-free & vegan Gyro full of flavour for you to try at home!
Making the meat-free mix for this healthy vegan gyro recipe couldn’t be easier. Simply add ingredients to a pan until the flavours combine. Honestly the flavours in the homemade Jackfruit sauce will totally surprise you.
This was inspired by my Chickpea Tuna Salad recipe, and pairs well with these amazing Gluten Free Falafels. If you want the full authentic experience of Gryos then add some Air Fryer Chips into them flatbreads when serving.
Ingredients to make Vegan Gyros
- Red Onion – gives a great flavour to these gyros.
- Garlic Clove – is one of my favourite flavours to add to a dish.
- Paprika – has a wonderful sweet and mild flavour.
- Ground Coriander – is sweet and a little citrusy.
- Tomato Puree – gives this jackfruit sauce it’s umami flavour.
- Maple Syrup – is a natural sweetener.
- Tamari – is a gluten-free soy sauce and adds saltiness.
- Tinned Jackfruit – is an excellent meat-free alternative in recipes.
See recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.
- Red Onion – Feel free to use whichever onion you have on hand.
- Garlic Clove – You can use minced garlic rather than fresh.
- Maple Syrup – can be replaced by runny honey.
- Tamari – can be replaced by soy sauce (if you don’t need gluten-free) or liquid aminos.
- Spicy – Add cumin or hot sauce to heat up your vegetarian gyro.
- Deluxe – I serve this veggie gyro with my Gluten Free Flatbread and a few dollops of my Homemade Vegan Tzatziki Sauce. Add some chopped lettuce, cucumbers, and cherry tomatoes, and you are set!
- Kid friendly – This jackfruit sauce doesn’t have to just be used as gyros! You can use it in wraps, sandwiches, pasta, tacos, fajitas, enchiladas, etc! Pick your kids’ favourite and serve it up with this vegan alternative!
See this Jackfruit Puttanesca Pasta version of this recipe!
How to make Vegan Gyros
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 200C. Roughly dice the red onion and garlic and drain the jackfruit. Heat a pan with oil, add in all the ingredients, and mix.
Step 2: Use a fork to press down on the jackfruit until it falls apart. Continue to mix it into the sauce until well covered and fry for a couple of minutes.
Step 3: Put the pan (if oven-proof) into the oven or transfer to a baking tray and put that in the oven for 15 minutes.
Step 4: While cooking, prepare your flatbread and tzatziki.
Add your jackfruit to the flatbread along with the Tzatziki and any fresh veg and serve.
Hint: Cooking it, frying it, and then baking it helps the jackfruit to be the perfect texture. Make sure to get each step!
Leftover Vegetarian Gyros can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Jackfruit is a great meat-free alternative to use in recipes. If you haven’t tried it before, then definitely try it. It’s available in most supermarkets now and is a tasty option to try.
When pressing down on the jackfruit, it bursts and makes it a similar texture and look to pulled pork.
What can you do with pulled jackfruit aside from gyros?
Jackfruit sauce doesn’t have to just be used as gyros! You can use it in wraps, sandwiches, pasta, tacos, fajitas, enchiladas, etc!
Gyros is generally served with Tzatziki sauce, fresh vegetables, and feta, wrapped in pita bread
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- 1 red onion diced
- 1 garlic clove diced
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 2 tablespoon tomato puree
- 2 tablespoon maple syrup
- ¼ cup tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)
- 1 400g tinned jackfruit drained
- Pre-heat your oven to 200C. Roughly dice the red onion and garlic. Now heat a pan with oil adding in the garlic, onion, 1 teaspoon paprika, 1 teaspoon ground coriander, 2 tablespoon tomato puree, 2 tablespoon maple syrup, ¼ cup tamari, drained jackfruit and mix
- With a fork press down the jackfruit until it falls apart, mix into the sauce until well covered and fry for a couple minutes
- Add the pan (if not oven proof pan transfer to a baking tray) and bake for 15 minutes
- Finally add your jackfruit to the flatbread along with the Tzatziki and any fresh salad you wish and serve
Please note that Nutrition information is a rough estimate