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Turkish Kebabs

Rated as 4.62 out of 5 Stars

"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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1 d 50 m servings 512
Original recipe yields 6 servings (6 kebabs)


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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Preheat the oven's broiler and set the oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

Per Serving: 512 calories; 34.3 36 15.7 33 891 Full nutrition

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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 r...

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Was good. Served it with a shredded zuchini pancake and nut-free bakalava for dessert! Went over very well.

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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 r...

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...

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...

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 whe...

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.

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 re...

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 ...

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 ...

I made my own sauces, but the meat marinade was really good!