Donair Kebabs

  • prep time30 min
  • total time 120 min
  • serves 6

Looking for a fun spread for your next party?  This twist on the classic stacks up all the components of a delicious Canadian Maritime favourite—donairs—into six fun skewers. Juicy seasoned meat, warm pita, veggies and that unmistakable sweet and garlicky.

Donair sauce will bring about an instant taste memory reminiscent of a deliciously messy late-night favourite. Try the variations when you want to switch things up, or to create a donair bar so everyone can create their own combinations!

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17 Ratings
Directions for: Donair Kebabs



2 lb(s) (900 g) lean ground beef

¾ tsp cayenne pepper

2 tsp salt

1 Tbsp onion powder

1 tsp ground black pepper

1 tsp all-purpose flour

3 pitas, warmed and cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) squares

24 squares (1-inch/2.5 cm) Romaine lettuce

24 pickled pearl onions

1 pint (2 cups grape tomatoes


1 can (354 mL) condensed milk

2 Tbsp white vinegar

2 tsp garlic powder



1. In bowl, combine beef, cayenne, salt, onion powder, black pepper and flour. Mix well. Form into rough 8 x 4-inch (20 x 10 cm) loaf shape. Bake loaf on a parchment-lined baking sheet 1½ hours at 325ºF. Let stand until just cool enough to handle, about 15 minutes.

2. Once meat is cool enough to handle, slice into 24 cubes.


1. Meanwhile in separate bowl, mix condensed milk, white vinegar, garlic powder; set aside.

2. Assembly: Spread one side of pita squares with 1 tsp sauce each. Thread pita squares, lettuce,meat cubes, pearl onion, and tomatoes onto 12 skewers, starting and ending with pita. Serve with remaining sauce for dipping.

Tips and Substitutions

Try any of these three veggie variations to accompany the pita, sauce and meat:

Village Salad Donair Kebab: 1 pint (2 cups) grape tomatoes; 24 mini Persian cucumber rounds (1/2-inch/1 cm thick); 24 squares (1-inch/2.5 cm) red onion.

Roasted Red Pepper Donair Kebab: 1 pint (2 cups) grape tomatoes; 24 squares (1-inch/2.5 cm) roasted red pepper; 24 squares (1-inch/2.5 cm) red onion.


See more: Beef, Bread, Great Canadian Cookbook, Party Favourites, Tomatoes, Vegetables, Bake

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