Homemade Falafel Recipe and Gyro Recipe

When my family gets together for dinner, we try to create meal options that the whole family can enjoy. Since half of my family is vegetarian, a favorite is falafel and gyro night. Many of the ingredients in falafels and gyros overlap, so it’s easy to great a platter that everyone grabs from. It’s also easy on my mom who always tries to please everyone.

We make chickpea falafels and turkey meatballs, buy pocket pita (much easier than making it), and chop up veggies as toppings. My mom also makes homemade roasted red pepper sauce and tzatziki sauce as additional toppings. See the full recipe below.

Note: If you don’t want to make the falafels from scratch, try this ready-made mix!

Homemade Falafel Recipe and Gyro Recipe

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Chickpea Homemade Falafel Recipe

The falafels can be fried or baked. Go with the baked option to stay on the healthier side. Ingredients include chickpeas, onion, cilantro, parsley, garlic, chili pepper, cumin, coriander, salt pepper, flour. Throw all of the ingredients into the blender and gently pulse it. You want everything roughly chopped, not pureed.

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Chicken Meatballs

The chicken or turkey meatballs for the gyros are also baked. Ingredients include ground turkey, minced garlic, grated ginger, minced green chili, chopped onion, chopped cilantro, turmeric, salt, pepper, egg, lemon juice and lemon zest. Throw all of the ingredients into a mixer with a flat beater and let it combine slowly.

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Tzatziki Tahini Sauce

So this is where we had a delima. It was hard to decide between tahini sauce and tzatziki sauce, so we just combined the two. Combine yogurt, ground sesame seeds, lemon juice, olive oil, grated cucumber, cumin powder, coriander powder, chopped parsley, salt and pepper.

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Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

My most favorite sauce for Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food. Blend together strips of roasted red pepper, chopped garlic, red chili, cumin, salt, sugar, lemon juice and water.

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Once all of the toppings are ready, you can assemble it to your favorite proportions.

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Homemade Baked Falafel Recipe and Gyro Recipe


  • For Chickpea Falafel
  • 16 oz Dry Chickpeas that have been soaked in water overnight
  • 1 Chopped Onion
  • 1/4 Cup Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Cilantro
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Parsley
  • 4 Cloves Minced Garlic
  • 1-2 Minced Chili Pepper
  • 1 Tsp cumin
  • 1 Tsp coriander
  • salt
  • pepper
  • For Turkey Meatballs
  • 1 lbs Ground Turkey
  • 5 Cloves Minced Garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Grated Ginger
  • 2 Minced Green Chili
  • 1 Chopped onion
  • 1/4 Cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 egg
  • Juice and Zest of 1 Lemon
  • 1 Tsp turmeric
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • For Tahini Tzatziki Sauce
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1 tbsp ground sesame seeds
  • 1 lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small grated cucumber
  • cumin powder
  • coriander powder
  • chopped parsley
  • salt
  • pepper
  • For Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
  • strips of roasted red pepper
  • 3 chopped garlic cloves
  • 1-2 red chili, cumin
  • salt
  • sugar
  • lemon juice
  • water
  • Everything Else
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Diced Red Onion
  • Chopped Lettuce
  • Diced Cucumber
  • Pocket Pita


  1. Combine all chickpea falafel ingredients into food processor and chop lightly. Don't let it puree.
  2. Make balls out of the chickpea dough and deep fry or bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.
  3. Combine the turkey ingredients in mixer and stir at slow speed with flat whisk until everything is combined.
  4. Make turkey balls and bake at 400 for 20 minutes.
  5. Stir together all of the ingredients for the tahini tzatziki sauce and add water to make your desired consistency.
  6. Add roasted red pepper sauce ingredients into blender and puree until sauce forms. Add water as needed.
  7. When all of the sauces and fillings are ready its time to create your falafel or gyro.
  8. Slightly grill the pocket pita until its warm and cut in half. Separate the pocket gently and it is ready to fill with your favorite toppings!
  9. Enjoy!
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