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Dash's Donair

Rated as 4.63 out of 5 Stars

"For the true donair fan. This recipe is tried and tested. If you enjoy Halifax donairs, then you'll love this recipe. When making this recipe, use only the finest spices available; they make a huge difference."
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1 h 45 m servings 489
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a cup or small bowl, mix together the salt, oregano, flour, black pepper, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper.
  2. Place the ground beef in a large bowl, and use your hands to blend in the spice mixture. If you want the smooth texture of meat that you see in a real donair shop, you must do this in a steel mixing bowl and on a sturdy surface. Pick up the meat, and throw it down with force about 20 times, kneading it after each throw. This also helps the meat hold together better when you slice it.
  3. Form the meat into a loaf, and place it on a broiler pan. If you do not have one, a baking sheet will do.
  4. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes in the preheated oven, turning the loaf over about half way through. This will ensure even cooking. Serve, or allow the meat to chill before slicing and reheating.
  5. To make the donair sauce, mix together the evaporated milk, sugar and garlic powder in a medium bowl. Gradually whisk in the white vinegar, adding 1 teaspoon at a time, until thickened to your desired consistency.


  • Cook's Note:
  • This cuts better if you chill the meatloaf overnight before slicing.
  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 489 calories; 20.9 49.5 26 98 748 Full nutrition

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Thank you Dash!!!! I'm from Nova Scotia and I CRAVE these things. This recipe is a great recipe for donair meat ~ the sauce is bang-on, as well. For the reviewers who may be unsure of what to do...

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I'm from Oklahoma and I had never heard of donair. I tried this in pita bread with sharp cheddar cheese, tomato and romaine. I was not blown away by this recipe. I found the meat to be dry, f...

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Thank you Dash!!!! I'm from Nova Scotia and I CRAVE these things. This recipe is a great recipe for donair meat ~ the sauce is bang-on, as well. For the reviewers who may be unsure of what to do...

I am from Halifax too. This is the exact recipe used by the restaurant that invented the Donair. The trick to the meat is to ask your butcher to put it through the meat grinder 2 more times to g...

It seems some people are getting Gyros (Greek) mixed up with Donairs (Lebanese).I used to work in a Donair Shop in New Glasgow, N.S.& have never had anything even close to it here in Ontario.Two...

I moved to Regina from Edmonton 4 months ago and back home there are donair shops there is not a single one. So I desided to make them and home using this recipe and everythin...

This is absolutly fabulous meal. The important thing they left out of the recipe is how to eat it! after looking around the net, First we tried it on fried pita breads. which was delicious, but...

This recipe is amazing! My husband (from Halifax) and I have been using it for the past 8 months and it is both of our favourite meals. I am vegetarian so I use veggie ground round for mine and...

Thanks for a great recipe! These are awesome! Be sure to add diced tomatoes and onions to your donair. Try what the last reviewer suggested... donair pizza is very good. It's been a year sin...

THANK YOU!!! My husband and I now live in New England, but we both grew up in NS. This recipe was SPOT ON. We like spicy foods so I doubled the herbs and spices which suited us perfectly :) W...

I am from Atlantic Canada and this is a great recipe for donairs (I love them and have them alot) I can't believe that this delicious treat hasn't gone much past Atlantic Canada yet and I could ...