Chef David Burke’s Dishwasher Thanksgiving Turkey

David Burke


  • boneless turkey breasts, 2 3/4 pounds each
  • 4 Tablespoons  chopped parsley
  • 3 Tablespoons  chopped sage
  • 3 Tablespoons  chopped thyme
  • 4 Tablespoons  chopped garlic
  • 4 Tablespoons  chopped shallots
  • 1 Cup  olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons  salt
  • 2 Tablespoons  black pepper

If your oven fails this holiday, you can cook your turkey in the diswasher. 

When and why did David first try this? In 1982, he was serving as a private chef for a family in Oslo, Norway. The group of chefs caught a 10-pound salmon — as per the request from the family to have cold poached salmon on the buffet that Sunday evening. After realizing they did not have a pot large enough to cook it in, David seasoned and wrapped the salmon and then hung it on the top rack of the dishwasher where the glasses typically go. Three cycles later, he was rewarded with a perfectly poached fish and has been experimenting ever since.

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Combine herbs, garlic, shallots, salt, and pepper with olive oil. Rub into turkey breast and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Place in Tupperware and sit on top shelf of dishwasher.

Run dishwasher for 3 full cycles for a total time of about 3 hours and 25 minutes. Let sit for 25 minutes then place under broiler to crisp skin for finish.


Calories per serving:

3,015 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber, Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Paleo, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 395g 608%
  • Carbs 44g 15%
  • Saturated 79g 397%
  • Fiber 17g 67%
  • Sugars 4g
  • Monounsaturated 225g
  • Polyunsaturated 65g
  • Protein 554g 1,108%
  • Cholesterol 1,622mg 541%
  • Sodium 16,090mg 670%
  • Calcium 920mg 92%
  • Magnesium 762mg 190%
  • Potassium 7,706mg 220%
  • Iron 43mg 237%
  • Zinc 41mg 276%
  • Phosphorus 4,777mg 682%
  • Vitamin A 206µg 23%
  • Vitamin C 53mg 89%
  • Thiamin (B1) 2mg 117%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 3mg 181%
  • Niacin (B3) 132mg 660%
  • Vitamin B6 13mg 663%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 284µg 71%
  • Vitamin B12 10µg 175%
  • Vitamin E 33mg 165%
  • Vitamin K 814µg 1,018%
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