Homemade Doner Kebab

  • PrepTime: 20 Mins
  • CookTime: 30 Mins
  • TotalTime: 50 Mins


  1. For the Kebab:
  2. 1 pound ground lamb (or 1/2 pound each of ground lamb and ground beef)
  3. 1 egg
  4. 4 cloves garlic (peeled and finely minced)
  5. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  6. 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  7. 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  8. 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  9. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  10. 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  11. 1 tablespoon oil (for the skillet, plus extra for the pan)
  12. For the Sandwich:
  13. 4 rounds of pita (or naan or flatbread)
  14. 1 cup assorted lettuce
  15. 1 large tomato (sliced)
  16. 1/2 seedless English cucumber (sliced)
  17. 1/4 large red onion (peeled and sliced)
  18. Tzatziki sauce or tahini sauce


  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the ground lamb, egg, garlic, ground cumin, ground coriander, smoked paprika, dried oregano, salt, and black pepper.
  4. Place the mixture into an oiled 9 x 5-inch loaf pan and cook in the oven for approximately 30 minutes or until the top is a light golden brown.
  5. You can slice the loaf immediately if you like but, for best results, cool completely, wrap in aluminum foil, and refrigerate until firm.
  6. To reheat, add a little olive oil to a large skillet, slice the loaf very thinly and crisp up the slices in the hot pan for a few minutes.
  7. Assemble the sandwiches with pita, warmed and toasted through. Spread on some tzatziki or tahini sauce, add lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onion, and top with more sauce.
  8. Serve and enjoy.


  1. Shish kebabs are also of Turkish origin and refer to cubed meat, traditionally lamb, that is grilled.
  2. Seekh kebabs are popular in South India and are made of minced spiced lamb, beef, or chicken. Typically, they are cooked in a tandoor, or oven.
  3. Chuan are Chinese kebabs originating in the country's Uyghur communities. They live in the northeastern part of the country, closest to the border with Kazakhstan and Mongolia. These kebabs are traditionally made of cubed, grilled lamb.
  4. When frying the sliced meat, make sure your pan is quite hot. This will help create a nice char that mimics the magic of the original rotisserie method.
  5. If you crave more heat, pair this with muhammara, a spicy and flavorful red pepper dip popular throughout Turkey and Syria.