If you love doner kebab you will know that essentially it is often quite fatty and full of calories. This one, on the other hand, is really low fat, has fewer calories and apparently pretty nice!

I am vegetarian, as you know, so I can only go on Stuart and Ben’s verdict but they both loved it. It is never going to be quite the same but I am sure you will enjoy it.

doner kebab in bread with salad
Doner kebab

Disclaimer: Just Average Jen is not connected with any weight loss plan. Please check nutritional values and/or syns yourself as these are approximate to the best of my knowledge.

Kebab tips for this fakeaway doner kebab recipe

This Unofficial Slimming World kebab recipe can easily be adapted to make smaller or larger pieces of doner kebab meat. The only difficulty is the smaller the quantities the harder it will be to carve the kebab when it is cooked.

Avoid using frozen (even after defrosting) mince for this recipe. By this, I mean the mince which is bought frozen.

It genuinely just does not hold together as well. If you have bought fresh mince and frozen it this should be fine to use once defrosted.

raw mince
Raw mince

Unofficial Slimming World kebab with lamb?

This Unofficial Slimming World kebab recipe uses beef mince as it is much easier to buy a syn-free version. If you prefer to use lamb mince there is no reason you can not do so.

More often than not however you will find yourself synning the lamb mince.

This is why I prefer to make this recipe with beef mince but the choice is yours.

Why does this recipe use beef mince?

Lamb mince can be enjoyed on Slimming World but it is usually synned as generally lamb is high in fat.

If you can find a 5% or less lamb mince though you can enjoy this for free like any other mince.

lamb mince
Lamb mince

Approximate Syns in lamb mince

Lamb mince with 5% fat is syn free but really hard to find. This is because lamb is fatty meat and as such even with visible fat removed has a lot of fat in it.

If you can get 10% fat lamb then it is around 1-2 syns for 100g.

The Slimming World app currently has the Tesco chilled version as 1 syn per 100g but the Sainsbury chilled one at 2 syns per 100g.

I have no idea why and in all honesty I think sometimes it makes very little sense but there you go.

If you go for 15% fat lamb mince which as far as I can see is only available from Aldi then it is 3 syns per 100g.

Most lamb mince you will find is 20% fat, the syns in this again vary a little depending on the brand, Waitrose, Marks and Spencer and Tesco are 5 syns per 100g, Morrisons (frozen), Ocado 5.5 syns per 100g yet the website also states that standard lamb mince of 20% fat is 4.5 syns.

The Aldi 23% fat lamb mince is listed as 6.5 syns per 100g.

On this basis, I will let you decide how to syn it if you use it in this unofficial Slimming World kebab recipe, or just use 5% beef mince as we do!

Kebab in a kebab shop

How to make this fakeaway kebab for vegetarians

As a vegetarian, I was keen to try this recipe and I must say I was impressed.

The effectiveness of the recipe will depend on the mince used. If you use quite wet mince that can be moulded together it will work much better.

I tried it with Quorn mince but it just doesn’t hold together. The flavours are still good but the mince will keep the consistency of mince rather than being like a meatloaf.

I assure you that you will enjoy this as a vegetarian even if you use mince and do not try and form it in a kebab shape, it is full of flavour and delicious!

Check out my selection of Quorn recipes, all perfect for all the family whether vegetarian or not, some are vegan too.

Quorn mince and chicken pieces
Quorn mince and Quorn chicken pieces

Syns in takeaway doner kebab

Doner meat from the takeaway is far from the healthiest meal to enjoy.

Slimming World syn 100g of lamb doner kebab meat at 9.5 syns (approx). It is important to remember though that would you actually be weighing it?

Slimming World also estimates that lamb doner meat with pizza bread, salad and sauces is around 33.5 syns.

Why you should avoid doner kebab from the takeaway

Of course, these syn values are average and it depends on how big the portions are at your takeaway, it could easily be more!

If your kebab shop happens to do particularly large portions you may unknowingly be having even more syns.

Kebab in a kebab shop
Kebab in a kebab shop

Would you be having it with a wholemeal pitta bread within your healthy extra b allowance?

If not these are extra syns with a white pitta bread being approximately 8 syns (approx) for a standard one or 11 syns (approx) for large white pitta bread.

These syns, of course, all add up so the choice is yours. I would definitely recommend a fakeaway kebab instead!

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Cinnamon

Unofficial Slimming World kebab shopping tips

This doner kebab is so cheap to make!

Buying herbs and spices in bulk is something I really recommend. It can save a lot of money in the long term but also mean you never run out! I find putting them on Amazon subscribe and save helps too!

Additionally don’t forget to check out the yellow sticker reductions and freeze what you can.

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Moneybox

This is such an easy meal to make with you literally just needing a mixing bowl, a roasting pan and some foil to make the doner kebab. That means you can prepare a delicious salad to go with it and still have an easy meal.

cooked mince
cooked mince
doner kebab in bread with salad
Doner kebab served in pitta style bread with salad

If you are not a fan of vegetables, you can pair them with small portions of meat in kebabs.

To manage it perfectly, use kabob grilling baskets for outdoor grills and enjoy your weight loss journey knowing you are still getting those vegetables in your diet.

As long as you eat the vegetables it doesn’t matter how you enjoy them so why not play around and find a way to incorporate your vegetables with your kebab and enjoy the meal?

Chicken kebabs
Chicken kebabs

Step-by-step instructions to make the doner kebab

Preheat oven to 200°c/390°F.

doner kebab ingredients

Using a large mixing bowl place all the herbs and spices into the bowl then add the mince on top.

Knead the mince mixing with the herbs and spices as you go.

Keep Kneading until the mince is well combined with the herbs and easily forms a ball without falling apart.

Line a large roasting tin with foil and then mould the mince into a large loaf shape. Place it onto the foil and then loosely cover it in foil also.

Cook in the centre of the oven for 60 minutes or until cooked throughout. The cooking time will vary slightly depending on how thick you make the mince loaf.

When cooked remove from the oven and leave to stand for 5 minutes.

To slice stab the loaf with a fork in the centre and then whilst holding still with the fork use a sharp serrated knife to slice as thinly or thickly as you wish horizontally from the ends towards the fork.

Serve in warm pitta bread, naan bread or bread of choice with salad and chips.

doner kebab in bread with salad
Doner kebab served in pitta style bread with salad

More recipes you may enjoy

This Unofficial Slimming World kebab is a great budget meal to make when you are trying to lose weight, you can find lots more in my budget meal guide.

Why not try chicken kebabs too?

This kebab is just one of many recipes you can make with mince. Check out all my mince based recipes including Moroccan meatballs and turkey mince recipes.

If you love BBQ flavour foods or having a family BBQ then my guide to help you have a healthy barbeque guide full of recipes and tips.

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doner kebab in bread with salad

Doner Kebab – Unofficial Slimming World recipe

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  • Author: JustAverageJen
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Portions 1x
  • Category: Main meal
  • Method: Oven or slow cooker
  • Cuisine: Fakeaway
  • Diet: Low Calorie

Description

A fakeaway doner kebab recipe that is great for all the family and can be cooked in the oven or the slow cooker.


Ingredients

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1 KG 5% Fat Minced Beef

1 Tsp Paprika

1.5 Tsp Salt

0.5 Tsp Black Pepper

1 Tsp Garlic Granules

2 Tsp Ground Coriander

2 Tsp Ground Cumin

1 Tsp Mild Curry Powder

2 Tsp Mixed Herbs


Instructions

Preheat oven to 200°c.

Using a large mixing bowl place all the herbs and spices into the bowl then add the mince on top.

Knead the mince mixing with the herbs and spices as you go.

Keep Kneading until the mince is well combined with the herbs and easily forms a ball without falling apart.

Line a large roasting tin with foil and then mould the mince into a large loaf shape. Place it onto the foil and then loosely cover it in foil also.

Cook in the centre of the oven for 60 minutes or until cooked throughout. The cooking time will vary slightly depending on how thick you make the mince loaf.

When cooked remove from the oven and leave to stand for 5 minutes.

To slice stab the loaf with a fork in the centre and then whilst holding still with the fork use a sharp serrated knife to slice as thinly as you can horizontally from the ends towards the fork.

Serve in warm pitta bread with salad and chips.


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  1. My partner is a huge fan of kebabs. We have regular arguments over the amount of money we spend on takeaways, as well as the impact on our waistlines. This recipe was fantastic – he hardly noticed the difference! But my bank balance did… Thank you!






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