Gyro Machines and Vertical Broilers

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Cook your choice of gyro meats to perfection easily and consistently with a commercial gyro machine.

One of Greece’s signature dishes, a gyro is a sandwich consisting of shaved meat, vegetables and sauce in flat bread. The meat (usually beef or lamb but sometimes chicken or pork) is roasted on a special vertical rotisserie, or gyro grill, that has a vertical spit that is slowly turned, exposing the meat to the backside burners to cook thoroughly. Once fully cooked, the gyro machine also acts as a warmer to hold the meat in place so portions can be shaved off on demand.

Gyro makers, also known as shawarma machines, vertical broilers, and vertical rotisseries, are the best tools to utilize while preparing the well-known Greek cuisine.

In addition to producing some tasty delicacies in a restaurant kitchen's back room, vertical broilers also allow for display cooking. Even devoted vegetarians may be persuaded to purchase a shawarma by the meat's beautifully browned look and the aroma of the caramelizing fats. They are extremely popular with street food vendors since they can draw a crowd without speaking a word thanks to the revolving spit.

Gyro Machine Spits

One of the main components of a gyro machine, and the most important to consider when selecting a unit, is the steel rod, or spit. The spit is what actually holds the roasting meat in place, so it has to be strong enough to support the meat. Check the weight capacity of the grill to make sure the spit is long enough and strong enough to hold the amount of meat you intend to roast at one time.

Gas or Electric

Commercial gyro machines use either electric or gas burners to cook the meat using radiant heat, so make sure that you have either an incoming gas line or the correct type of outlet near where you plan to install the unit. Electric gyro makers cannot reach the high temperatures of gas models, but they are more energy efficient and easier to transport thanks to their simple electrical connections.

Gas gyro makers are more powerful than electrical machines, however they need proper gas connections. An advantage of using gas shawarma makers is that they have much higher capacities than electric units.


You will also want to check the overall dimensions of the gyro machine to make sure that you have enough countertop space for the machine to sit on and for you to be able to load and slice the meat. The gyro machines we offer are countertop models. They can easily be used anywhere in the kitchen, then stored away while not in use.

Frequently Asked Questions about Gyro Machines

What is a Gyro?

A gyro is a Greek dish made from meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie. In Greece, it is normally made with pork or sometimes with chicken, whilst beef and lamb are also used in other countries.

What is a gyro machine?

A Gyro machine, also known as a vertical broiler or shawarma maker, broils meats on a rotating spit, cooking vertically, and is used to produce meat for gyro sandwiches and platters.

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