Easy Microwave Donner Kebab Meatballs Fakeaway Recipe

Microwave Donner Kebab Recipe

I love kebabs and there’s more than one way to cook them!   Late in the evening, the last thing I want to do is to try to find a good kebab shop – especially as, since I’ve moved, I’ve yet to find a good kebab within 10 miles!

Given time and thought I’ll oven bake donner kebab meat, or even make kebab meat in a slow cooker – but sometimes I just want to enjoy the taste of a donner kebab immediately!  That’s when I cook my donner kebab meat in the microwave.  It’s easy, it’s fast, it works!

The taste is just right for me – and better than I can buy locally!

Today I was in a rush and couldn’t decide which shape to make the kebab meat…. whether to cook a whole “loaf”, or to shape it into rissole or cake shapes – but I then decided that meatballs would cook quickest, so that decided on the shape!

I have my standard “go to” recipe, but when I run out of those ingredients I simply substitute what I’ve got.  Today I was trying to use up a tube of garlic puree that I’d opened, so used that instead of garlic powder.  I also had no Italian herbs, so used dried mixed herbs instead.

Microwave Donner Kebab Ingredients:

This fakeaway kebab uses the following easy to source ingredients and makes 24 meatballs:

  • A pack of lean lamb mince, 450-500 grams
  • 1 teaspoon plain flour (all purpose flour)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon dried mixed herbs (substituted for the Italian herbs)
  • ½ teaspoon of garlic puree (substituted for garlic powder)
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

For the flour and the herbs you don’t use a lot. There are variations of this recipe around that omit the flour entirely if you’re avoiding it and going gluten free.

Microwave Donner Kebab Recipe


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and squash and mix it all together thoroughly.
  2. Shape the donner kebab meat into the shape you want – I cut small chunks out with a big spoon and rolled the meatballs by hand.
  3. Place the meatballs in a microwave safe dish, with a lid and microwave on full power (800 watts) for 1½ minutes.
    Microwave Donner Kebab Recipe
    Make sure they have space between them, so lay them out in a single layer.  The lid is so you don’t lose moisture.
  4. Turn the kebab meatballs over (or give them a jiggle in the dish) and microwave for 1 minute.  Give them a jiggle around again and microwave on full power for a further 30-45 seconds.
    Microwave Donner Kebab Recipe


Today I only cooked three meatballs – this was because it was a snack meal as I was going out to eat later and I’d not been too careful in measuring the meatballs precisely so I’d ended up with an odd number of 23.  I figured I’d cook 3 meatballs and freeze 20, as that’s a nice even number.

Today I  simply sliced up the meatballs and served them inside a toasted bread bap with a splash of chilli sauce.

Microwave Donner Kebab Recipe

For me, this fakeaway microwave donner kebab tastes better than any of the local kebab shops I’ve tried to date.  It’s super easy to make and I serve it in a variety of ways, such as in a pitta bread, or with chips, or as a baguette or bread roll filling.

Freezing Kebab Meatballs:

To freeze these meatballs simply put them in the freezer, not touching, for 1-2 hours until they’ve frozen, then bag them up!

You can defrost them and microwave for 2½ minutes, or you can microwave the raw meatballs from frozen in 3 minutes.