Healthy Lamb Kebab (AKA Fakeaway)

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Deliciously spiced, this healthy alternative to a takeaway kebab tastes even better and can be made exactly to your taste! A great way to feel like you’ve had a treat with all the benefits of whole food ingredients, you’ll love this healthy lamb kebab, or as we call it, fakeaway night!

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A homemade kebab on a cream plate with a green towel behing

Now Lamb kebab may not be everyone’s first choice when thinking about takeaways to try and make, I get that.

Pizza is usually top of the list, and for everyone else in our house, it would be. (I’m the odd one out as I am hit and miss on pizza…. I only really like my homemade one, but not every week…)

I love Chinese food, and do make it often, but as it’s Easter this week and we are not having a leg of Lamb for dinner, I thought I’d make my lamb kebab fakeaway! Let me tell you, everyone is happy with this choice here!

I love to make this with pitta breads, but flat breads work well too, as a different take.

Sliced meat on a chopping board with a knife below and a plate of pittas above

Pair this with a homemade garlic yogurt dressing and you are set!

Making the Lamb Kebab Meat

This recipe is so simple, just some lamb mince and a few seasonings are we are away!

What you’ll need

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A large mixing bowl

A slow cooker/Instant Pot

Lamb mince

Seasonings – Garlic salt, onion salt, cumin,

Salt and pepper – My salt and pepper grinders

Pittas, salad and dressing to serve

A steel bowl containing mince meat, next ro spice jars and salt and pepper grinder on a wooden chopping board


I like to keep my seasonings simple but you can add to your preferences. I mix in plenty of salt and pepper, some onion and garlic salt, some cumin and some oregano (not pictured) and that’s it for me, but you could add some paprika, or other herbs and spices to suit your tastes.

Now the best way to mix this is just to roll up your sleeve and mix it with your hand! There is no egg in this mixture, so the aim is to bind it all together and make a ball of meat that we can pack tightly into some foil to cook.

Once it sticks together, roll into a thick sausage shape and wrap in foil

A foil package on a wooden chopping board with jars of herbs and spices behid

Now we transfer the package to the slow cooker.

Because we want the fat to drain away, we need to lift the meat off the bottom of the slow cooker. We can do this two ways.

Lamb Kebab wrapped in foil inside an Instant Pot

I am using the slow cooker setting on my Instant Pot and it comes with a rack so I am using that to keep my foil off the bottom. In a regular slow cooker, you can half a couple of onions and put those in the bottom. This creates a lift, and has the added benefit of cooking the onions so if you wanted to top your fakeaway with onions, you’re ready to go! (hey, we said it was a healthier alternative, not that it was calorie free…)

Cook on low for 8-10 Hrs.

Serve with pitta breads, salad and a yoghurt based sauce.

This is a special treat for us as a family, and this filling healthy lamb kebab (aka fakeaway) is always looked forward to on the menu. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Sliced kebab meat on a chopping board with a plate of homemade pittas


Can a Kebab really be healthy?

Because all of the fat is being cooked away and drained into the bottom of the dish, this kebab is actually a very healthy treat food. Of course, it depends on what you serve it with…

So what sides can I uses to make it healthy?

Serving the meat with a small pitta, salad and a yoghurt based sauce/dressing can mean a balanced filling meal without the excess calories.

Can I use any other meat?

Absolutely. Any kind of minced meat will work for this recipe. I use lamb for the fakeaway aspect, as in, I’m trying to make it taste like the takeaway version, but chicken mince would be another great healthy alternative. It could be spiced up with cayenne pepper and other spices.

Would this work as a skewer?

I have to say I haven’t tried it, but I’m pretty sure you could make this into a Kofta to either cook in the oven or on a grill

Close up of a kebab on a cream plate with a tea towel behind
A healthy homemade kebab on a cream plate

Healthy Lamb Kebab

Healthy and filling, Homemade lamb kebab tastes better than the takeaway version!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Greek
Servings 4 People
Calories 529 kcal


  • 1 Slow Cooker
  • 1 Mixing bowl
  • Baking Foil


  • 750 g Lamb Mince
  • 1 tbsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp Garlic salt
  • 1 tbsp Onion salt
  • 1 tsp Oregano


  • Place all the ingredients in a mixing bowl
  • Mix thoroughly, making sure the meat is packed together in a tight ball
  • Shape into a loaf shape and wrap tightly in foil
  • Place into a slow cooker on a rack and cook on low for 8-10 hrs
  • Serve with pitta bread, salad and yoghurt dressing
Keyword Fakeaway, Kebab,

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