Donair with Spicy Lager Sauce

Ever since I heard about the donair from the Trailer Park Boys, I was wondering what the f*ck a donair was. The answer is that it is a gyro-like sandwich borne out of necessity by Turkish immigrants in Nova Scotia. Ground lamb was too expensive, so use cheaper ground beef. Can’t get yogurt, create a truly weird sauce using evaporated milk and vinegar. And remember how every Food TV host declares “Don’t overwork the meat”? Well, in this case, over-work the hell out of it. Slam on the cutting board, knead it like bad piece of dough. All of this weirdness creates the donair…you’ll never go back to gyros again.

Oh yeah, this is Radd Cooking…let’s add a spicy lager sauce to the donair. I made this sauce using the Maibock from Bayern Brewing Company. Now, it’s our own.

This episode is sponsored by Missoula Fresh Market

East Coast Donair with Spicy Lager Sauce


    For donair meat
  • 1 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 tsp dried Italian herbs
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp hot chili powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ TBSP extra virgin olive oil
    For donair sauce
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 4-6 tsp apple cider vinegar
    For Spicy lager sauce sauce
  • 4 oz. Bayern Brewing Maibock
  • 1 serrano chili, finely diced
  • 1 TBSP butter
  • ½ tsp Eric's Wicked Seasoning
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
    For Assembled Donair
  • 1 small organic tomato, chopped
  • 2 TBSP feta cheese, crumbled
  • 4 small naan or pita, warmed


    For donair meat
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F
  2. Mix together the kosher salt, black pepper, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, and chili powder
  3. Place the ground beef in a large bowl, and use your hands to blend in the spice mixture
  4. Pick up the meat, and throw it down with force about 20 times, kneading it after each throw
  5. Form the meat into a loaf, and place it on a baking sheet
  6. Bake for 1½ hours, turning the loaf over once
  7. Allow the meat to cool before slicing
  8. Slice at 1/8 inch thickness
  9. Heat olive oil in pan
  10. Flash fry the donair meat slices to crisp
    For donair sauce
  1. Mix together the evaporated milk, sugar and garlic powder in a bowl
  2. Gradually whisk in the apple cider vinegar, adding 1 teaspoon at a time, until thickened to your desired consistency
    For Spicy lager sauce sauce
  1. Melt butter in small pan
  2. Sauté the chili until tender
  3. Add Eric's Wicked Seasoning and kosher salt
  4. Add maibock/lager, and reduced to 1/3 of original volume
    For Assembled Donair
  1. Lay each naan/pita on plate
  2. Add a layer of donair meat followed by tomato and feta cheese
  3. Drizzle donair sauce and spicy lager sauce over the meat and cheese
  4. Get your grindage on!

Donair meat out of the oven
Donair meat out of the oven
Sliced and delicious
Sliced and delicious
Donair with Spicy Lager Sauce rocks!
Donair with Spicy Lager Sauce rocks!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Pat says:

    Interesting. Where are you from? I’m from Halifax and actually have worked on Trailer park boys before. Interesting take on the donair although I’m not sure about the feta. You’ll have to come try a real one in Halifax, something about the giant spinning tubes on donair meat that’s hard to beat.

    1. Radd Icenoggle says:

      I would love to try the real deal…