Homemade Donairs

Author: Cooped Up Chick  //  Category: Beef Dishes, January 2014


First off let me apologize yet again. I feel like i’m in confession. Forgive me friends for I have sinned. It has been months since my last post.

Ever go through stints of productivity and then others where absolutely nothing seems to get done? I have been in a state of nothingness for far too long. This relates to almost every aspect of my life. I vow to change.


I came across this recipe for homemade donair meat and felt inspired. I LOVE donairs. I crave them but along with my lack of motivation lately there is also a lack of money. I’m as broke as a joke. There were very few ingredients and honestly, I was doubtful it would turn out but I thought i’d give it a go anyway.

First there was the sauce. Uber easy. 3 ingredients.

Donair Sauce

1 can of sweetened condensed milk.

1/3 cup white vinegar

1 tsp garlic powder


Pour into a bowl. Whisk. Refrigerate.



So simple and so yummy.

Next for the Donair meat you’ll need:

  • 3 to 3.5 pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 tsp flour (all-purpose)
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1.5 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 4 tsp paprika (NOT smoked)
  • 2 tsp onion powder (I only had onion salt so I used that and reduced the actual salt to 1/2 tsp)
  • 4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1.5 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt

To make the donair meat put all the ingredients into a food processor and pulse it until it forms a ball. You may have to do this in 2 batches (I did) due to the amount of meat in ratio to the size of your processor.





Remove and form into a log. Place on a baking rack and bake at 325 for 2 hours.




Allow to cool completely before slicing. I found it was much easier to slice thin the second day after it had been refrigerated overnight. Regardless it was still delicious.



Sorry if you are offended by the picture. I was informed it is quite ‘phallic’. I swear this was unintentional. It was formed completely uniform before baking. This is what happened in the oven. I promise. 😉





Day 1 I made donair pizza. Homemade dough, sauce, donair meat, diced onions and tomatoes. Topped with additional cold onions and tomatoes and dipped in more sauce. 😉




Day 2 I made a donair.




*drool* I seriously think if more people make this recipe Greco will be forced to close its doors. I will never buy another Donair kit at the grocery store…A. because they are crap and B. because this recipe seriously makes a shit load of meat and 84% is frozen in individual double donair sized packages in my freezer as we speak. 🙂


I hope you enjoy.

Love, peace and chicken grease,

-A Cooped Up Chick

little LITTLE brown chicken

2 Responses to “Homemade Donairs”

  1. Kelsey Says:

    Best donair I’ve eaten!! Our fave pizza/donair place closed and I didn’t bother to try any other restaurants as I knew I would be disappointed . The meat is fabulos and exactly what I wanted. It makes so much you can freeze it or do what I did and call everyone you know to come and have a doniar they are that good!!!!!

  2. Sheryl Says:

    This recipe was easy to follow and turned out delicious! We can’t find donairs in Toronto so this satisfied the craving. The sauce tasted authentic and the meat was flavorful and spicy.
    Great recipes! Thank you!

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