Homemade Turkish Doner Kebabs (Gyro)


February 4, 2016

Homemade Turkish Doner Kebabs (Gyro) 5 0 5 6
  • Prep: 2 hrs 30 mins
  • Cook: 5 hrs
  • 2 hrs 30 mins

    5 hrs

    7 hrs 30 mins

  • Yields: 6-8 persons


1.5 kg lean or extra lean beef mince

500g lamb mince

2 1/2 tbsp Greek Seasoning (I used Masterfoods brand)

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tbsp all purpose seasoning

1 tsp salt

Optional: 1/4 -1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (omit if you dislike heat)


1Measure Greek seasoning, garlic powder, all purpose seasoning, salt and cayenne pepper into a small container and mix well.

2Place beef and lamb mince in a large bowl and mix by hand until well combined.

3Add spices to mince and mix well again.

4If available add mince mix to food processor and pulse til a thick paste

5Line a rectangular container (approx lunch box size) with foil and add mince, pressing firmly with knuckles to expel air and fill. Cover and refrigerate for minimum 2 hours or up to overnight.

6Remove container from refrigerator, ensure meat is tightly wrapped in foil, re-wrap if necessary.

7Make 6 balls of foil (or use a rack) and place in slow cooker to create a stand for the foil wrapped meat. Add 1 - 1 1/2 cups water to slow cooker, make sure water level is below the level of the stand.

8Add foil wrapped meat and turn slow cooker to HIGH

9Cook on HIGH for 1.5 hours. This ensures meat will keep its tight shape.

10Remove foil wrapped meat from slow cooker, take out balls/rack and pour out water.

11Turn slow cooker to LOW, unwrap meat and place directly into the slow cooker bowl.

12Cook on LOW for a further 2-3 hours (a meat thermometer should register at least 70c (150F) when inserted into the middle of the loaf)

13When cooked, remove meat, wrap in foil and allow to stand for 10-15 minutes.

14Slice thinly with a large very sharp knife (an electric or shaving knife would make this easier).

15Serve wrapped in warmed pita or tortilla wraps with your preferred dressings

16I like lots of shredded lettuce, thinly sliced onion rings, BBQ sauce and a squirt of aioli (garlic sauce). You can also add sliced tomato, shredded cheese, tabbouleh, humus etc

17Cooked in a 7L slow cooker

18To crisp, add slices to a hot oiled fry pan for a few minutes (I found grilling dries the meat out)

19Leftovers still taste great heated in the microwave


21You may also like:

22Doner Kebab

23Chicken Doner Kebab

Submitted by Shelleyrae


10 Reviews

Lisa Judd

September 10, 2021

This was so easy to make and SSSOOOOOOOOO good to eat. I don’t think I’ll be going to my local anytime soon🤤🤤


September 10, 2021

This was SSSOOOOOOOO easy to put together and SSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOO good to eat. I don’t think I’ll be going to my local kebab shop anytime soon


November 24, 2019

Top notch recipe, have used it time and time again, no more takeaway kebabs, my 12 year can make it, thank you for a great recipe 😀😀😀

Janelle I just use the Masterfoods bottle from the spice aisle in regular supermarkets but you can also google ‘greek seasoning spice blend’ online for the measurements to make your own if that’s easier 🙂


July 18, 2019

I can’t find Greek seasoning anywhere 🤦‍♀️ Can anyone please suggest an alternative?

Louise Hough

July 15, 2019

Update 🙂

This was amazing !!
I skipped the fridge part as didn’t have time but it turned out perfect anyway.
Wrapped in foil straight into slow cooker.

Michelle Daly

June 11, 2018

Thanks Shelleyrae, this is a great recipe & a fabulous addition to our school/work lunch options, big thumbs up👍

Emma Roney

January 25, 2018

This was a favourite in my house 💜


January 11, 2018

Delish! 🥙
My husband has been craving kebabs and living in Japan they are hard to come by. I didn’t have any beef mince so just used lamb mince and reduced the seasoning slightly.
He was very happy… fantastic recipe!


March 12, 2017

This was just like the real deal, my family enjoyed the kebabs very much. I will be making these again in the near future.

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