What Is the Difference between Shawarma, Gyro & Doner – Try these today

People always ask us about the difference between Shawarma, Gyro, and Doner. Even though they might look very similar and all are cooked using vertical rotisserie, but there are differences. The main differences comes down to spices, marination, toppings, bread, and sauces.


Gyro is a traditional Greek dish marinated in Greek marination and Greek spices. The form of meat can either be slices or ground. Some places sell a fresh Gyro, and some sell frozen Gyro.The fresh version is made of slices of meat, and the frozen version is made of ground meat. The most common sauce for Gyro is Tzatziki.


Doner is a traditional Turkish dish marinated in Turkish marination and Turkish spices. For the fresh version, it is prepared using sliced meat or a combination of sliced and ground meat. Some places sell a frozen version, but that one is made of frozen ground meat. It is usually served with Pide brad (Similar to Pita), or Durum (Similar to Tortilla)


Shawarma is a traditional Arabic dish marinated in Arabic marination and Arabic spices. It is prepared using meat or chicken. At Simsim Outstanding Shawarma, our meat version is combination of beef and lamb. Since Shawarma uses slices of meat or chicken, it can never be frozen. Shawarma can be served with different types of bread such as Saj, Pita, and Samoon. The sauces are usually garlic sauce for chicken shawarma and Tahini for Beef & Lamb shawarma.

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