If you’re a fan of lamb doner kebab you might be wondering what to do with leftover doner kebab meat?
If you’ve got some fabulous leftover doner meat to enjoy, either leftover kebab meat from a Turkish kebab shop or a homemade batch, you’ll want to give these delicious recipes a try!
There are many popular doner kebab shop recipes that you can easily prepare at home.
But, you might be surprised to find out that there are endless uses for leftover kebab, from crave worthy appetizers to tantalizing main courses.
We’ve made doner kebab countless times over the years and want to share some of our best leftover doner kebab ideas for inspiration.
In fact, we have gotten so used to our homemade versions that we prefer to stay in for these meals nowadays.
The benefits to home cooking are numerous, and that rings true for homemade doner kebab shop recipes.
Read on to find the best recipes using leftover doner kebab meat you’ll love for any occasion.
Content in this Post
- What is Doner Kebab?
- Why You’ll Love Doner Kebab Leftovers
- Doner Kebab Recipes – What To Do With Leftover Doner Kebab
- Doner Kebab Roll
- Doner Kebab Pizzas
- Doner Kebab Appetizers
- Doner Kebab Mains
- Doner Kebab Sandwich Mix
- Sauces To Go With Leftover Doner Kebab
- Salads to Go With Leftover Doner Kebab
- Time Saving Tips
- You’re Turn To Share
- You’ll Also Love
What is Doner Kebab?
But first, what is doner kebab?
Doner kebab is traditionally a Turkish dish made with meat, usually lamb, that is roasted vertically.
Most commonly in kebab shops, it is made into sandwiches, kebab rolls and kebab plates with French fries.
You can make your own homemade recipe as we do often in this easy Instant Pot doner kebab.
It’s seasoned with doner kebab spice blend (called kebabkrydda in Swedish).
Preparing your own doner kebab is an easy way to get classic flavors without any grease or fillers that might be found in store bought packages of doner meat.
Plus, it’s more affordable to make a homemade batch that you can use in several recipes using leftover doner kebab meat.
Of course, you can also use store bought leftover doner kebab meat in any of these leftover doner kebab recipe ideas.
Why You’ll Love Doner Kebab Leftovers
Doner kebab leftovers are super flavorful and easy to reheat and use in a variety of meals.
If you have some frozen, the leftovers are quick to thaw out and are extremely versatile. You can incorporate them into many of your favorite recipes.
Many of the recipes here take only a few minutes to prepare and taste like restaurant quality. You can be creative with kebab leftovers and try them a new way each time.
Doner Kebab Recipes – What To Do With Leftover Doner Kebab
Once you’ve made Turkish doner meat, or have acquired leftover kebab, you’ll have several delicious possibilities to choose from.
These recipes remind us of all of the doner kebab rolls we had in Sweden where kebab shops are plentiful.
Doner Kebab Roll
The most popular or obvious way to enjoy leftover doner meat is wrapped up in a kebab roll.
Here we’ve shown it over top of a thin pita bread.
Just add vegetables like lettuce, onion, tomatoes, some kebab sauce and hot peppers if you like them.
Then roll it up kebab shop style in some foil to hold it all together.
Doner Kebab Pizzas
Kebab meat is an amazingly savory topping for pizza.
In fact, you can also use leftover doner kebab meat just as you would any meat on your favorite pizzas.
Check out this incredibly tasty recipe for Iskender kebab pita pizza.
It is one of our absolute favorite recipes and so easy!
With spiced doner kebab chili sauce as a pizza sauce base, delectable kebab meat and a drizzle of savory kebab sauce – this pita pizza is number one in our book.
There are countless varieties of doner kebab pizzas that you can try.
We have had so many kebab pizzas in Sweden, and now make our own similar kebab pita pizzas with some of the memorable toppings like fresh lettuce, and even air fryer French fries!
If you don’t want fries or lettuce on your pizza, you can swap those for other toppings, like roasted red peppers, roasted garlic, feta cheese, olives, mushrooms, more meats and so on. The sky is the limit.
Always be sure to add a drizzle of doner kebab sauce, or serve some kebab sauce in a small bowl on the side.
Doner Kebab Appetizers
With leftover doner kebab meat, you can easily prepare these favorite appetizers:
Doner Kebab Quesadilla – tantalizing doner meat with kebab sauce and mozzarella cheese make this a perfect appetizer that comes together in no time.
Doner Kebab Poutine – this is an irresistible take on a classic dish that combines traditional poutine ingredients with tasty doner kebab toppings!
Plus, use chopped doner kebab meat wherever you use meat in your favorite recipes.
Sprinkle chopped leftover kebab on top of cheesy nachos, baked potatoes, cheesy fries and more for some tasty variations to these classic dishes.
You’ll find you can be really creative with your own favorite recipes using leftover doner kebab meat.
Doner Kebab Mains
Doner kebab shop mains all happen to be recipes you can easily make at home.
Doner with rice is another popular option.
And, if you’re a fan of curries, you can prepare your favorites with leftover doner kebab meat.
Choose any Indian style curry that pairs perfect with lamb, like doner Madras for example.
It’s also excellent to use as a meat topping for pizzas or in quiches.
You’ll love this crustless quiche doner kebab for breakfast, brunch or even dinner! It’s super hearty and low carb in comparison with other quiches.
We add some doner kebab sauce to the cream sauce to make it exceptionally savory.
As well as in quiches, you can also add leftover kebab to omelettes, scrambled eggs, frittatas, and more.
There are endless ways to enjoy leftover doner meat for breakfast or brunch.
Doner Kebab Sandwich Mix
And here’s a personal favorite.
An enticing doner kebab salad sandwich mix that you can serve in a baguette, panini or pita wrap.
This sandwich always takes center stage.
And it’s seriously one of the best reasons to make a homemade kebab roll. You can even use store bought doner kebab if you’ve got some.
It’s similar to a tuna salad or egg salad sandwich mix, but made with doner kebab instead.
Just chop up the leftover kebab meat and mix with a few basic ingredients!
This is, in our opinion, the ultimate savory sandwich mix.
With bite sized spiced doner kebab in a creamy mix, what’s not to love?
This creamy doner kebab salad sandwich will no doubt have you looking forward to leftovers!
Sauces To Go With Leftover Doner Kebab
Be sure to have some kebab shop sauces to enjoy with your leftover lamb doner kebab. Here are some favorites:
You can’t go wrong with any of these kebab shop favorite sauces.
Speaking of the best ways to enjoy kebab leftovers, here is one of our favorite ways to put leftover kebab sauces to great use!
When you’ve got extra kebab sauce, you can use it is as a savory marinade for air fryer chicken wings as well as some tantalizing dips alongside!
Garlic Kebab Sauce is especially fantastic with the wings, but the Doner Kebab Red Chili Sauce is delightful as a chicken wing dip as well.
It’s a simple recipe and delivers on taste every time!
Salads to Go With Leftover Doner Kebab
Try this easy doner kebab salad that’s made by simply adding leftover doner kebab meat to fresh greens or spring salad mix.
You can also add sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, sliced onions and hot peppers if you like them!
And, a side dish of red cabbage salad is always a nice touch! It pairs beautifully with all of the recipes with leftover doner kebab.
Swedish pizza salad is another perfect choice.
With all of these recipes using leftover doner kebab meat, there’s plenty of ways to enjoy it and you’ll find that homemade kebab is always perfect choice!
Time Saving Tips
We always look forward to our homemade doner kebab dinners. And still marvel that we can pull off these satisfying restaurant style recipes in our own kitchen, in a short time.
If you don’t already have doner kebab leftovers, here are some time saving tips for making kebab that have helped us be more efficient.
Simply begin with an easy Instant Pot recipe for doner kebab.
While that’s cooking, you can shred a half or whole cabbage for a delicious Turkish style side salad.
That salad will last a few days in the fridge and will be great to have on hand as a side dish for several doner meals.
During the Instant Pot cook time is also a great time to make a quick batch of kebab sauce and air fry the French fries.
Fresh vegetable toppings can also be prepared while the meat is cooking, based on what you will be serving.
Slice tomatoes, onions and lettuce for wraps, or get your pizza toppings ready for kebab pita pizzas.
From there, once the meat is cooked, you can prepare any of these leftover doner kebab recipes that are all relatively quick to assemble.
The next day, prepare a different leftover doner kebab dish or two!
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