Easy Venison Gyros with Homemade Tzatziki

Tender marinated venison slices stuffed in a pita with your favorite gyro toppings and a delicious homemade tzatziki; this recipe is a home run. Make it at home or at camp for the easiest dinner you’ve made all week.

This is my go to recipe for delicious homemade gyros! It’s the best gyro recipe i’ve written yet, and I don’t plan to change it anytime soon. It’s also insanely quick. It actually cooks so fast that all the toppings and the tzatziki need to be prepped before you start cooking. I wrote this recipe so that it could be camp friendly. While it seems like it has a lot of ingredients, most of them are used for both the marinade and the tzatziki. We’ll need a venison roast, a lemon, olive oil, minced garlic, a cucumber, Greek yogurt, and our spices and toppings; thats it! To make it even easier, you could even skip making the tzatziki homemade and opt for a store bought option.

Quick and Easy Venison Gyros

What Cut of Venison Can I Use?

  • Roast (I like to use the top round or bottom round but any roast from the hindquarter will do just fine. For best results slice the meat as thin as possible across the grain)
  • Backstrap (although, I’d recommend saving them for steaks!)
  • Ground (you’ll need to adapt the recipe a bit for ground meat, but it still works great! Instead of marinating the meat, just cook the ground meat and add the lemon juice and seasonings as it cooks. Use the olive oil only for coating the pan.)
Venison Gyro recipe

Can I Swap Venison For Other Game?

Absolutelyyyyy. Use what you have in your freezer. The marinade is made for wild game, no matter how tough. Here’s a few ideas of what I’d swap:

  • Elk Roast
  • Moose Roast
  • Goose Breast
  • Duck Breast
  • Bear Steaks
  • Wild Turkey Breast
  • Pheasant Breast

There’s probably a ton more that would work that I’m missing. Let me know what you try and how it turns out!

Want more camping friendly recipes? Give these a try:


Easy Venison Gyros with Homemade Tzatziki

Easy Venison Gyros with Homemade Tzatziki

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This easy gyro recipe is a hit with its tender sliced and marinated venison, pita, shredded lettuce, onions tomatoes, and a delicious homemade tzatziki. Swap the homemade tzatziki for store bought for an even quicker dinner in a pinch!

  • Author: Jenn Homa
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 24 servings 1x



Gyro Meat:

  • 1.5 Venison Roast, Sliced Thin
  • Juice from Half of a Lemon
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Minced Garlic
  • 2 teaspoons Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Black Pepper Pepper

Tzatziki Sauce:

  • 1 Medium Cucumber, Grated
  • 1 cup Greek Yogurt (with fat)
  • Juice from Half of a Lemon
  • 1 tablespoon Minced Garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Chopped Dill
  • ½ tablespoon Olive Oil
  •  Salt (to taste)

Other Ingredients:

  • 1 Head Romaine Lettuce, Shredded
  • 1 Roma Tomatoes, Diced
  • 1/2 Onion, Diced or Thinly Sliced
  • Pita or Naan Bread


  1. Remove silver skin from venison. Using a sharp knife, slice the venison into thin strips cutting against the grain.
  2. Add the venison slices to a ziplock bag then add in lemon juice, olive oil, minced garlic, oregano, salt and black pepper. Let it marinate while you prep tzatziki and chopped vegetables. Alternatively, you can make this in the morning and let it marinate all day.
  3. Mix together the ingredients for the Tzatziki Sauce. You can skip this step and opt for store bought for an extra easy camp meal.
  4. Heat a griddle or a well seasoned cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Once preheated, add venison slices and cook for approximately one minute per side. Depending on the thickness, it may take longer, but overall these will not take long to cook, avoid overcooking for best results!
  5. Remove the venison gyro meat from the skillet and place onto a pita with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, onions and drizzle with tzatziki

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