This is my version of Turkish kebabs which I made 'off the cuff' after searching unsuccessfully for a recipe online. The original sandwiches are made from meat that is pressed into a loaf and grilled on a rotating spit. The meat is shaved off as it gets crispy and then put into a pita sandwich. My recipe calls for thin slices of meat to be marinated and then broiled to get the same effect without a huge rotating grill. Serve in a warmed pita with goat cheese, tzatziki sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and pepperoncinis.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Marinade:
Tzatziki Sauce:

Directions

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  • Place the chopped onions in a large ceramic bowl and crush with the bottom of a glass until juice is rendered and onions look translucent. Stir in 2 crushed garlic cloves, 1/2 cup olive oil, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, oregano, 1 teaspoon black pepper, turmeric, curry powder, and 1 teaspoon salt. Mix well; add the sliced beef and toss to coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and marinate in the refrigerator overnight.

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  • Combine the sour cream, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, dill, and 1 crushed clove of garlic. Mix well; cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

  • Preheat the oven's broiler and set the oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source.

  • Remove the meat from the marinade mixture, brushing off extra onions. Spread the slices on a baking sheet without overlapping, and salt to taste. Broil about 3 minutes per side or until browned and crispy, turning halfway through cooking.

  • Divide the cooked meat between the pita breads, and drizzle with tzatziki sauce to serve.

Cook's Note

You can use chicken instead of beef, too.

Nutrition Facts

511.8 calories; protein 15.7g 31% DV; carbohydrates 36g 12% DV; fat 34.3g 53% DV; cholesterol 33.5mg 11% DV; sodium 890.5mg 36% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
07/25/2011
I love it! After years in Turkey and Germany, I've also been looking for that elusive doner kebab. This recipe is the closest I've been able to get to it. Disregard the previous review...the reviewer obviously isn't cultured enough. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/17/2017
Was good. Served it with a shredded zuchini pancake and nut-free bakalava for dessert! Went over very well. Read More
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  • 3 star values: 2
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Rating: 4 stars
07/25/2011
I love it! After years in Turkey and Germany, I've also been looking for that elusive doner kebab. This recipe is the closest I've been able to get to it. Disregard the previous review...the reviewer obviously isn't cultured enough. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/25/2011
Very very tastey! I've had many many donar or as the Greeks say, gyros, and it's hard to find a great donar in Canada but I'll be making this over and over again. Our western kebabs are what the first comment describes but that's not the Turkish recipes. I also add tomato, red onion slices, and lettuce with the meat in the pita. Thanks RACHEY for this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2015
This is delicious! We spent a few years in Germany and the Doner kebab was our favorite. Since then we have been looking for it in the states. This is definitely pretty dang close. We've made it at least once a month since finding this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2015
I promise to take a photo next time, because they turned out pretty as well as delicious. Everyone loved these, and that includes a picky-about-trying-new-stuff kid. I sliced the flank steak when it was still partially frozen so I coulld get it very thin (~1/8" slice), and dried with paper towels right before broiling to get a nice sear. The tzatziki sauce was very good as well. This is a simple meal and results may vary if the ingredients are not high quality. I used Kronoz brand pitas from the regular grocery store and they were very good. I did change one thing, which is I used Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. You can do this with every recipe so long as it is not going to be cooked. Sour cream is not likely to separate the way yogurt can when heated. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/02/2015
So, so good. Took me right back to Europe! The only changes I made were to use Greek Yogurt instead of sour cream, and I added a garnish of diced tomato, red onion, and cucumber. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/17/2015
Loved these delicious sandwiches! I prepared the marinade/rub as directed with just one large onion. The chicken was so flavorful and delicious. Hubs prepared on the grill. This is a great recipe for tzatziki sauce too, I prepared as written and added a little onion and garlic powders, too. Definitely make ahead to let those flavors meld. Really enjoyed trying your recipe, RACHEY638! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/23/2017
Having been stationed in Germany for two years, I knew I was going to make a döner near as good as they do back there. But I was quite surprised as to how delicious this was. Made it for myself and a friend and he absolutely loved it and can't wait for me to make it again! Very very delicious! (We filled the pita bread and then nuked it in the microwave for about 15 seconds just to melt the cheese a bit and it honestly was a game changer! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/19/2016
I tried this recipe to break away from the usual and we're absolutely thrilled with it. The flavour of the meat was divine. Pretty easy, too! I hesitated before throwing out the marinade, added a bit more olive oil, then put it in a pot and boiled it for a good 15 or 20 minutes to make it safe to eat, then added about a tsp of sugar and cooked until the onions caramelized. I smeared this on the pita before adding the other ingredients. Wow, just wow. The tzatziki sauce was yummy too, except I only had dried dill weed so I used 1/3 of the amount called for. I will use smaller pitas next time, I think the ones I had were just a bit too big. Thanks for the great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/17/2014
I made my own sauces but the meat marinade was really good! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/17/2017
Was good. Served it with a shredded zuchini pancake and nut-free bakalava for dessert! Went over very well. Read More