Ultimate Doner Kebab

Ultimate Doner Kebab

Serves: 4 people
Time: 1.5 hours

500g lamb mince
1.5 teaspoons ground coriander
1.5 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon pul biber (Aleppo Pepper)
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
100g fresh breadcrumbs
1 red onion, grated
4 garlic cloves, crushed/grated
1 teaspoon salt (or more/less to taste)


  • Mix up all the ingredients until well combined together and all the spices and breadcrumbs are fully dispersed throughout the lamb
  • Put the meat mixture into a doubled over piece of foil and wrap really tightly ensuring that all air bubbles are taken out so that your kebab doesn’t have any surprise little air holes.
  • Add 2 cups of water to your Instant Pot (or other pressure cooker)
  • Place your wrapped up kebab log onto a trivet on top of the water
  • Place your lid onto the Instant Pot and set the pressure release handle to sealing
  • Set to manual, high pressure, 25 minutes and then allow the pot to go through to keep warm and let the pressure release naturally.
  • When you are ready to eat, take the log out of the foil and heat on all sides under a really hot grill to crisp up the outside (just like the turning kebab on a huge skewer in the kebab house), slice up and serve with lots of salad, pickled onions, garlic and chilli sauces.

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

P.S. If you don’t have an Instant Pot or pressure cooker, cook this up in the oven covered in the foil for around an 1.5 hours on 180 degrees. Then follow the grilling steps.




  1. September 13, 2017 / 12:57 pm

    Wow – impressive!! I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a recipe for homemade donner kebab before. I imagine this must be very popular – sounds delicious!! Thanks for linking up to #CookBlogShare πŸ™‚ Eb x

    • September 13, 2017 / 1:03 pm

      Tastes just like the real thing but without all the nasty ingredients!

  2. October 25, 2017 / 6:01 pm

    I made this for the first time tonight Priya and it was amazing! I can see exactly why it’s so popular πŸ˜€ HUngry Hubby loved it and ate three massive pittas full of the kebab (he’d have ate the lot if I had of sliced it πŸ˜‰ )

    • October 25, 2017 / 8:11 pm

      So glad you both enjoyed it! It’s always a winner at our house too.. thanks for trying it out 😁

  3. November 19, 2017 / 8:30 am

    Made this last night! It was amazing! Its definitely a winner and will be a regular n the Buffey household x

    • November 19, 2017 / 11:37 am

      So glad you enjoyed it Lorna πŸ™‚ it’s a regular for us too!

  4. December 2, 2017 / 1:59 pm

    Thank you so much for this mazing lamb kebab recipe, Priya. This is definely going to be our regular meal from now on. Done in Instant Pot pressure cooker first. You are a star of cooking. Looking forward to cook your chicken shawarma as this one was so delicious. It was devoured by my family. I didn’t have pul biber (Allepo pepper) but added a bit of ground paprika and sumac. Divine! Thank you so much.

    • December 2, 2017 / 2:07 pm

      So glad you all enjoyed it πŸ™‚

  5. Jess
    January 17, 2019 / 5:38 pm

    IS this Turkish or German Version of Doner Kabab?

    • mrspriyajoshi
      January 17, 2019 / 5:43 pm

      It’s more Turkish style than German πŸ™‚

      • Jess
        January 20, 2019 / 6:59 pm

        Thank you that is all I needed to know because, I have tried the Turkish one and I loved it and miss that kind of stuff for Germany and Turkey.

  6. Jess
    January 20, 2019 / 7:23 pm

    I have a question about sauce that is on the Doner Kebab and what type of bread is used?

    • mrspriyajoshi
      January 20, 2019 / 7:33 pm

      It’s a sriracha chilli sauce and garlic mayonnaise that we usually serve with toasted warm pitta bread πŸ™‚

  7. Kerry
    February 10, 2019 / 9:02 am

    I made this last night for guests…it was fab & clear plates all round but a little crumbly for my liking – it didn’t slice like your photo. Do you think adding an egg would bind it together better?
    Kerry ☺

    • mrspriyajoshi
      February 10, 2019 / 9:04 am

      Hi Kerry! Glad everyone enjoyed it. I actually made one last night which was a little crumbly too, an egg would definitely help I think. I used a different style of breadcrumbs than usual (I usually use fresh bread so it’s super soft, last night I used boxed breadcrumbs) so I’m blaming that but you could experiment with an egg πŸ™‚

      • Kerry
        February 17, 2019 / 9:02 pm

        Thank you for the reply. Do you have a minced turkey or chicken kebab recipe? Or could I simply substitute the lamb for poultry? Thanks. Kerry ☺

        • mrspriyajoshi
          February 17, 2019 / 9:05 pm

          Hi Kerry, I made it with some chicken mince last week and it worked great πŸ™‚

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