Savor the Flavor: Delicious Roasted Chickpea Gyros Recipe

Imagine taking a bite out of a crispy pita wrap stuffed with spiced chickpeas, lettuce leaves, tomatoes, and drizzled with refreshing roasted chickpea goodness. That’s exactly what you’ll get with this Vegetarian Roasted Chickpea Gyros recipe.

As a vegan chef, I’m always on the lookout for simple and delicious recipes that showcase healthy eating. This dish is perfect for those who want to enjoy a meat-free version of the classic Greek gyro without sacrificing flavor.

But don’t just take my word for it. The combination of crunchy vegetables, tender chickpeas, and tangy vegan tzatziki sauce is sure to make this meal an instant favorite in your household.

Plus, this recipe makes for an easy vegetarian dinner that you can whip up in no time at all. So preheat your oven and get ready to indulge in some seriously crispy chickpeas.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Vegetarian Roasted Chickpea Gyros
Vegetarian Roasted Chickpea Gyros

Are you looking for a healthy and easy vegetarian dinner that will leave you feeling satisfied and nourished? Look no further than this Vegetarian Roasted Chickpea Gyros Recipe!

With its simple ingredients and easy preparation, this recipe makes it easy to enjoy the fresh flavors of Greek gyros in the comfort of your own home. These gyros are stuffed with spiced chickpeas that are drizzled with refreshing roasted dill pickle, making each bite a burst of flavor.

Aside from being delicious, this recipe is also incredibly versatile. You can substitute or add any toppings that you like, such as sliced cucumber, tomato, and onion. Plus, the crispy chickpeas can also be made ahead of time and stored for later use in other dishes.

The recipe makes enough to fill four dinner-sized pita wraps, making it perfect for sharing with family or friends. Plus, with the addition of the tzatziki sauce, it’s an excellent option to serve as a healthy lunch or dinner.

By choosing this vegetarian take on traditional gyro meat, you’re not only promoting healthy eating but also reducing your carbon footprint by opting for plant-based protein instead of garbanzo beans or gyro meat. So why not give it a try tonight?

Ingredient List

 Mmm... can you smell the roasted chickpeas?
Mmm… can you smell the roasted chickpeas?

For this easy vegetarian dinner, we need a handful of fresh ingredients that can be easily found at any grocery store. Here is the list:

For the roasted chickpeas:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 (15 oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

For the tzatziki sauce:

  • 1/2 cup plain vegan yogurt
  • 1 small cucumber, grated and squeezed to remove excess water
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill (or 1 tsp dried)
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Other ingredients:

  • Pita bread or pita wraps
  • Chopped lettuce leaves
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Thinly sliced red onion
  • Dill pickle roasted chickpeas (for extra crunchy texture and flavor!)

The Recipe How-To

 Wrap it up, we're going on a gyro ride!
Wrap it up, we’re going on a gyro ride!

Now that we have gone through the ingredient list, let’s move on to the exciting part of the recipe – making Vegetarian Roasted Chickpea Gyros!

Preheat oven and prepare chickpeas

Preheat your oven to 400°F. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, toss one can (15 ounces) chickpeas drained and rinsed, with 1 tbsp. olive oil, 1 tsp. ground cumin, 1 tsp. paprika, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper and 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper until chickpeas are well coated in all the spices.

Roast the chickpeas

Spread out chickpea mixture on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, shaking the pan every 10 minutes, so chickpeas roast evenly.

Prepare Tzatziki sauce

While waiting for the chickpeas to cook, you can prepare your dipping sauce by combining in a small bowl 3/4 cup vegan Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup finely diced cucumber, 2 garlic cloves minced, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar, and chopped fresh dill (if desired). Mix well then set aside.

Prepare the gyros

When the chickpeas are done roasting, remove them from the oven and set them aside to cool for a bit. While waiting for them to cool, you can either prepare your pita bread by warming them up in a microwave or toaster oven, or if you prefer a crispy texture like me, you can heat it up in a pan over medium heat with a small amount of oil.

Once everything is ready, start preparing your gyros by spreading tzatziki sauce on each pita bread then top with roasted chickpeas. Add sliced tomatoes, sliced red onion, lettuce leaves, chopped dill pickles roasted to preference (optional), or any toppings that you desire!

Now that you know how quick and simple it is to make this easy vegetarian dinner I hope you will give it a try!

Substitutions and Variations

 Vegetarian never tasted so good!
Vegetarian never tasted so good!

Looking for ways to switch up this recipe? Here are some substitutions and variations you can try:

– Tzatziki sauce: Instead of the lemon juice and white wine vinegar dressing, try using a creamy tzatziki sauce. Simply whisk together plain Greek yogurt, grated cucumber, minced garlic cloves, chopped dill, and a squeeze of lemon juice until smooth. Spread this on your pita or wrap before adding the chickpea filling.

– Different veggies: While cucumbers and tomatoes are classic gyro toppings, you can use any veggies you prefer. Sliced bell peppers, shredded carrots, or roasted eggplant would all be delicious options.

– Spicier seasoning blend: If you like things hot and spicy, try incorporating some extra cayenne pepper or chili flakes into your spice blend.

– Package it as a salad: Not in the mood for a pita wrap? Try serving the roasted chickpeas over a bed of greens instead. Top with chopped veggies and drizzle with the lemon dressing or tzatziki sauce.

– Swap out the chickpeas: While garbanzo beans are traditional in Greek gyro recipes, you could also experiment with different types of legumes. Roasted black beans seasoned with smoked paprika or roasted lentils seasoned with curry powder would both be tasty options.

Regardless of how you customize this recipe to your liking, these vegetarian roasted chickpea gyros are sure to be a hit at your dinner table.

Serving and Pairing

 Fill up your plate with these irresistible gyros.
Fill up your plate with these irresistible gyros.

Once your vegetarian roasted chickpea gyros are ready, it’s time to think about the perfect way to serve and pair them. These gyros are a meal in themselves, but you can always add a side dish or two to create an even more satisfying feast.

One classic pairing for gyros is cucumber and tomato salad. It’s simple to make and provides a refreshing contrast to the rich flavors of the chickpeas. Try slicing up some fresh cucumbers and tomatoes and tossing them with salt, pepper, lemon juice, and olive oil. The result will be a light and flavorful side that complements the gyros perfectly.

For a heartier meal, you can also serve your gyros with a side of crispy fries or roasted potatoes. The starchy goodness of potatoes makes them an excellent match for the protein-rich chickpeas.

If you want to take things up a notch, consider whipping up a batch of tzatziki sauce to dip your gyros into. This traditional Greek sauce is made from yogurt, cucumber, garlic, lemon juice, and dill. Its tangy flavor and creamy texture go well with the spiced chickpeas, making for an unforgettable taste sensation.

Finally, don’t forget about drinks! A tall glass of cold lemonade or iced tea is the perfect accompaniment to this healthy vegetarian dinner recipe. For adults in search of something stronger, consider pairing your gyros with a crisp white wine or a refreshing cocktail.

Whatever you decide to pair your roasted chickpea gyros with, keep in mind that these dishes are all about simplicity and fresh ingredients. Stick to simple sides that complement rather than overwhelm the flavors of the chickpeas. And always remember that healthy eating can be simple and delicious!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Meatless Monday just got a whole lot tastier.
Meatless Monday just got a whole lot tastier.

As a busy vegan chef, I understand the importance of make-ahead meals and easy reheating options for when time is limited. Luckily, this vegetarian roasted chickpea gyros recipe is perfect for both!

If you’re hoping to make this dish ahead of time, I recommend preparing the spiced chickpeas up to 2 days in advance. Simply store them in an airtight container in your fridge until you’re ready to roast them. Once roasted, the chickpeas keep well in the fridge for up to 4 days.

When it’s time to reheat your gyros, there are a few options available. You can use a microwave by placing your assembled pita sandwich on a paper towel and heating it for 30 seconds – 1 minute until warmed through. Alternatively, you can use an oven or toaster oven by wrapping your sandwich in tin foil and heating it for 10-12 minutes at 350°F.

One important note when reheating your vegetarian roasted chickpea gyros is to avoid reheating the tzatziki sauce. The sauce doesn’t hold up well to reheating and will lose its texture and flavor. For best results, simply spoon fresh tzatziki over your heated sandwich.

With these tips, you’ll be able to enjoy this delicious dish anytime, whether you’re pressed for time during hectic weeknights or looking for an effortless meal option during busy weekends. Don’t let a busy schedule hold you back from enjoying healthy eating!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Turn up the flavor with these zesty chickpea gyros.
Turn up the flavor with these zesty chickpea gyros.

As a vegan chef, I have spent countless hours experimenting in the kitchen to create the perfect vegetarian roasted chickpea gyros recipe. Throughout my cooking journey, I have discovered some tried and true tips for achieving the most delicious and perfect results. Here are my top tips for ensuring your chickpea gyros turn out perfectly every time:

1. Bake long enough: Make sure to bake your chickpeas for at least 30 minutes or until they are crispy and golden brown. This will give them a satisfying crunch and help bring out their natural flavor.

2. Use fresh ingredients: When making tzatziki sauce, for example, be sure to use fresh dill, garlic cloves, and lemon juice to give your sauce a bright and zesty taste.

3. Experiment with different spices: While this recipe calls for cayenne pepper, ground black pepper, and paprika, feel free to experiment with other spices like cumin or coriander to find the flavor combination that suits you best.

4. Don’t overstuff your pita: It can be tempting to cram as many chickpeas and toppings as possible into your pita bread, but resist the urge! Overstuffing can make your gyro difficult to eat and cause your ingredients to fall out of the sandwich.

5. Pair with refreshing accompaniments: To balance out the savory flavors of the roasted chickpeas, try serving your gyros with refreshing sides like cucumber slices or a tomato salad.

By following these simple tips, you can create a delicious and healthy meal that will satisfy even the most discerning palates. So go ahead – get creative in the kitchen and enjoy all the perks of healthy eating with a tasty vegetarian roasted chickpea gyro!


As a vegan chef, I’ve had plenty of experience helping people navigate plant-based alternatives and answering their questions. Below, you’ll find some common questions about this vegetarian roasted chickpea gyros recipe, along with my insightful answers. Read on to learn more!

Why are my roasted chickpeas not crispy?

Achieving crispy baked chickpeas requires proper baking time. If not baked long enough, chickpeas tend to become soggy the following day. It is important to bear in mind that different chickpea brands and ovens can affect the baking time, thus the recipe recommends baking for 45 to 60 minutes to ensure desired crispiness.

What are vegetarian gyros made of?

In this recipe, we will be making delicious pita bread to use as the base for our veggie-filled gyros. You can choose between regular or whole wheat pita breads, depending on your preference. For the toppings, we’ll be using a variety of fresh vegetables such as lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, olives, spinach, and sweet peppers. Additionally, we’ll be adding some crumbled feta cheese for an extra boost of flavor. Trust me, these gyros will be a mouthwatering treat!

Do chickpeas need to be soaked before roasting?

Before anything else, let’s prepare the star of our dish, the chickpeas. Immerse the chickpeas in sufficient water for around a day, allowing them to enlarge and double their size. Once they’re done soaking, proceed to strain and dry them entirely. Add a sprinkle of salt and coat with oil, then arrange them in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Cook them in the oven at 400°F until they reach a delightfully crisp texture (about 20 to 35 minutes). This step is vital for our recipe, as it’ll give our dish that satisfying crunchiness we crave.

How many calories are in chickpea gyro?

For one serving of a vegetarian chickpea gyro nestled in a pita pocket from Fresh N Fit Cuisine, you can expect to consume 62g of total carbohydrates, with 53g of net carbohydrates, 11g of fat, 19g of protein, and a total of 417 calories.

Bottom Line

Now that you have read all about this delicious Vegetarian Roasted Chickpea Gyros Recipe, it is time to take action and try it out yourself. With its easy-to-follow instructions and delicious ingredients, you can enjoy a simple and healthy meal that is completely vegetarian while indulging in crispy chickpeas.

This dish is perfect for those who love Mediterranean flavors and delicious, hearty meals. It is also perfect for those who are seeking a healthier alternative to gyro meat but do not want to compromise on taste or flavor. With its refreshing roasted chickpeas drizzled in vegan dill pickle dressing and the savory tzatziki sauce, this recipe will impress even the most skeptical of dinner guests.

In conclusion, eating healthy and delicious food does not have to be difficult or tasteless. This recipe is a testament to that. So why not give it a try? You won’t regret it!

Vegetarian Roasted Chickpea Gyros

Vegetarian Roasted Chickpea Gyros Recipe

Super simple, only need 20 min.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Greek
Servings 4 Gyros
Calories 151.4 kcal


  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 pita flat bread
  • 1 cup tzatziki (250 g, use ? recipe if you're just making it for these gyros)
  • 1/4 red onion (cut into strips)
  • 2 lettuce leaves (roughly chopped)
  • 1 tomatoes (sliced)
  • 2 cups plain soy yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice or 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper
  • 1 cup cucumber (seeded and diced)


  • Prep: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 C). Pat dry chickpeas with paper towel, removing any skins that may come off. Gently toss chickpeas with oil, paprika, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and salt.
  • 2.Roast: Spread chickpeas onto a greased rimmed baking sheet and roast for about 20 minutes, until lightly browned but not hard.
  • 3.Assemble: Spread some tzatziki onto one side of the pita, then sprinkle in ¼ of the chickpeas and add veggies. Fold in half and enjoy!

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 194gCalories: 151.4kcalCarbohydrates: 29.6gProtein: 6.4gFat: 1.6gSaturated Fat: 0.2gSodium: 470.7mgFiber: 6.3gSugar: 2g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Beans, Easy, Lunch
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