An overhead shot of a donair sandwich alongside donair sauce and donair meat.

Donair Recipe {includes homemade donair meat & donair sauce}

A delicious homemade donair recipe, including making your own donair meat and donair sauce from scratch. 
Acknowledgement:  Recipe excerpted from - More Than Poutine Copyright  ©  2017  Marie Porter Published  by Celebration Generation, LLC Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.
Course Sandwich
Cuisine Canadian
Keyword donair meat, donair sauce
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 17 minutes
Servings 6 donairs
Calories 714kcal
Author Dawn - Girl Heart Food


  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1.5 tsp cayenne powder
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk -300 ml
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 6-8 pitas
  • 1 onion -thinly sliced
  • 1 tomato -chopped


  • Preheat oven to 325 F (160 C). Peel and chop onion, pulse in a food processor until pureed. Dump onion into the middle of 2-3 layers of paper towels or cheesecloth; gather the edges and squeeze all of the liquid from the onions. Return onion solids to the food processor, discard liquid.
  • Add about 1 lb of the ground beef, the corn starch, spices and salt to the food processor, process until it's a creamy paste. Add another 1 lb of beef, process again until smooth. Add remaining beef, process once again until smooth, scraping down the sides of the food processor to ensure that everything is smooth. Form meat mixture into a large log shape, place onto a broiling pan/rack. Bake for 2 hours, flipping loaf over at the halfway point.
  • Once 2 hours are up, remove from oven, allow to cool to room temperature. Wrap cooled beef in plastic wrap, chill for at least 8 hours, or overnight.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combined sweetened condensed milk, vinegar, and garlic powder. Use a whisk to mix together the sauce ingredients - it'll take some time, but it will eventually come together. Once well combined and thick, transfer to a covered container, chill unti use.
  • To assemble: Brush pitas with a little water, heat in a hot frying pan until warmed through.
  • Heat a little vegetable oil in a frying pan. Slice donair meat into 1/4" thick slices, add to pan and reheat until desired texture (if you like the crispy edges, cook a little longer than you would if you don't!). Pile reheated meat on warm pita, drizzle generously with sauce, top with onions and tomatoes. Wrap in wax paper, parchment paper, or foil to hold it together while eating, serve immediately.
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Nutrition (estimate only)

Calories: 714kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 60g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 1119mg | Potassium: 1251mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 725IU | Vitamin C: 7.6mg | Calcium: 275mg | Iron: 6.8mg
Nutrition Facts
Donair Recipe {includes homemade donair meat & donair sauce}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 714 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 163mg54%
Sodium 1119mg49%
Potassium 1251mg36%
Carbohydrates 75g25%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 38g42%
Protein 60g120%
Vitamin A 725IU15%
Vitamin C 7.6mg9%
Calcium 275mg28%
Iron 6.8mg38%
* Nutrition estimate only. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.