What is The Difference Between Souvlaki and Gyros?

Souvlaki Sticks and Gryo meat.

A lot of people think that Souvlaki is a dish of grilled meat served with a side of vegetables, fried potatoes, tzatziki, and pita bread. A gyro is meat basically the same thing, but in sandwich form, right? No, not really. There is actually a big difference between the 2 meats.


Souvlaki is a grilled pieces of meat served on a skewer, it is commonly made with chicken and pork. It can be made from beef or lamb as well. The meat is them served in many ways, as a platter with rice and vegetable, pita, and dips or in a pita as a wrap, on top or a salad. There are so many ways to enjoy a Souvlaki Stick!


Gyro meat is made by thinly slicing meat grilled on a vertical rotisserie. Again, it is commonly made with pork and chicken, but you will find it with beef and lamb as well. Gyro meat is served in a variety of ways. Many people enjoy gyro meat in a pita with tzatziki and lettuce and tomato and call it a Gyro Wrap. Gryo can also be enjoyed on a salad, as a platter with rice, or with potatoes and vegetables. So many ways and so many options!

The main difference between the 2 types of meats is how they are cooked. Gyros are cooked thinly sliced on a rotisserie, while Souvlaki are grilled pieces of meat. Gyro meat is more widely known here in the United States, but Souvlaki is starting to gain in popularity. No matter which one you try though, they are both delicious and you are bound to want to try the other or try in a variety of ways. Both Gyro meat and Souvlaki Sticks are tender and flavorful. You can’t go wrong with whichever one you choose to enjoy.