12 Best Vegan Gyros Recipes [Tempeh, Jackfruit, Tofu]

Vegan gyros recipes to satisfy your flatbread craving. Easy plant-based filling ideas from shredded jackfruit to grilled tofu, and sliced eggplant to roasted chickpeas.

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Greek gyros are the delicious stuffed flatbreads that offer rich fillings with zesty and creamy Mediterranean sauces. Traditionally, they’ve been a meat-lovers go-to for a protein wrap, but today we’re shaking things up. We’re ditching the meat in favor of amazing plant-based protein fillings, including grilled firm tofu, tempeh, and shredded jackfruit.

These vegan gyros recipe ideas are the ultimate comfort food with delicious filling ingredients from dairy-free tzatziki to roasted chickpeas and grilled mushrooms. Find your new favorite wrap filling today.

Pulled Jackfruit & Dairy-Free Tzatziki

Pulled Jackfruit & Dairy-Free Tzatziki Gyros

Pulled jackfruit is a great gyro filling because it is great at absorbing the flavors of whatever spices or juices you soak it in. In the case of this plant-based gyro recipe, that means we allow the soy sauce, red onion, and tomato paste to really come through. It’s an incredible combination that pairs beautifully with the tender and stringy textures of the shredded jackfruit.

Other highlights for the filling are lettuce, cucumber, tomato slices, onion, and potato fries. All housed inside a Greek pita or homemade flatbread for a mouthwatering wrap.

Instant Pot Lentil-Walnut Ragu

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Lentil and walnut ragu combine classic Mediterranean and Middle Eastern ingredients to create a delicious gyro filling that can be cooked in your Instant Pot or pressure cooker. It offers the taste and texture of an authentic Greek gyro, topped with dairy-free tzatziki sauce.

This lentil and walnut ragu gyro sautées onion and garlic, before slow cooking walnuts and lentils in spice and vegetable stock. Served with coconut yogurt tzatziki, this recipe is loaded with incredible spice and flavor.

White Mushroom & Tofu Tzatziki

White Mushroom & Tofu Tzatziki Gryos

Mushrooms, with their meaty texture and earthy flavor, are often the best replacement for meat. Thinly slice mushrooms and cook them with vegan Worcestershire sauce, shawarma blend spices, and minced garlic and onion to get that smoky flavor associated with gyro meat. 

Tzatziki sauce is the perfect accompaniment to gyros, but this sauce is traditionally based on yogurt. Make a vegan replacement using shredded tofu, garlic, lemon juice, salt, and dill following this vegan tzatziki and mushroom gyros recipe.

Street-Style Chickpea & Tomato

Street-Style Chickpea & Tomato Gyros

Gyros are the perfect unfussy street food for when you want a meal on the go, and you can replicate that experience at home with this vegan recipe. Instead of meat, these street-style pitas rely on smoky, roasted chickpeas to tie the gyro together.

Besides chickpeas, you will need thick tomato slices, vegan tzatziki, sliced onions, and lettuce, all folded into pita bread.

Vegetable Beef & Dairy-Free Tzatziki

Vegetable Beef & Dairy-Free Tzatziki Gyros

Sometimes, the best replacements for meat in a recipe are manufactured meat replacements (they exist for a reason, after all). This dairy-free recipe relies on beefless tips from Gardein along with traditional gyro filling. 

You can also make tzatziki sauce vegan by substituting dairy-free yogurt and grating in cucumber. Thanks to the magic of plant-based substitutions, it’s so easy to make quick vegan versions of your favorite street food!

Tempeh, Thyme Marinade & Yukon Gold Potatoes

Tempeh, Thyme Marinade & Yukon Gold Potatoes Gyros

Tempeh, a fermented soybean protein, is one of the best replacements for thinly sliced lamb because it absorbs flavor from a marinade easily, has a similar texture, but is plant-based and has much less fat than meat.

To complete these tempeh Greek gyros, make a marinade out of garlic, oregano, lemon juice, broth, and soy sauce to infuse the flavor.

Roasted Jackfruit, Cashews & Cremini Mushrooms

Roasted Jackfruit, Cashews & Cremini Mushrooms Gyros

Jackfruit is usually not the first plant that comes to mind when you think of traditional Greek cuisine, but this robust tree fruit is the perfect meat replacement. Mash the cored jackfruit and sauté it with sliced mushrooms, onion, garlic, and herbs, adding liquid smoke and finishing in the oven to add the smoky flavor of a spit-roasted meat.

Accompany the jackfruit and mushroom with a vegan tzatziki sauce made of coconut yogurt.

Za’atar Eggplant & Dill Hummus

Za'atar Eggplant & Dill Hummus Gyros

Eggplants are a staple of Greek cuisine, and their firm texture and strong flavor make them a good meat replacement in sandwiches and gyros. This eggplant flatbread recipe calls for roasting or sautéing cubed eggplant that’s been seasoned with za’atar, olive oil, and oregano. Thinly slice and pickle onions for your gyro filling.

While other recipes call for dairy-free versions of tzatziki, you can take inspiration from elsewhere in the Mediterranean and use hummus as a base for your gyro instead. A hummus-and-eggplant gyro is packed with protein while still plant-based.

Portabello Mushroom & Egg-Free Mayo

Portabella Mushroom & Egg-Free Mayo Gyros

Portobello mushrooms are a vegan staple thanks to their juicy flavor, thick texture, and ability to absorb all kinds of marinades. These portobello mushroom gyros uses a marinade of vegan Worcestershire sauce, maple syrup, and plenty of herbs to impart the mushrooms with flavor, which is enhanced by sauteing with vegetables.

You can even make your own white sauce to rival the takeout version using vegan mayonnaise, hemp seeds, lemon juice, mint, and herbs.

Roasted Chickpeas

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Roasted chickpeas are a protein-packed flavorful snack, but you can turn this vegan staple into a full meal thanks to this vegan gyro recipe. Use store-bought roasted chickpeas or make your own by covering garbanzo beans in olive oil, paprika, and cayenne and roasting in an oven or air fryer.

Assemble the gyros using the chickpeas, pita, and your favorite vegan tzatziki. 

Grilled Tofu

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One of the best parts of eating a traditional gyro is the smokiness from the spit-roasted meat, but you can get that flavor thanks to this grilled tofu recipe. Marinate the tofu in Greek herbs, soy sauce, and olive oil, then grill. Assemble the gyros using vegan tzatziki, vegetables, and pita. 

Sweet Potato

Sweet potatoes are a protein-packed, delicious vegan meat alternative. Marinate them in Greek herbs and fry in thin slices to get the perfect texture for gyros. Assemble with vegan tzatziki sauce and pita—you can buy pita bread from the store or make your own following the recipe instructions.

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