Chef David Burke’s Dishwasher Thanksgiving Turkey

Chef David Burke’s Dishwasher Thanksgiving Turkey
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David Burke

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:

2,986 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Paleo, Specific Carbs, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 196g 302%
  • Carbs 17g 6%
  • Saturated 39g 195%
  • Fiber 5g 19%
  • Sugars 2g
  • Monounsaturated 112g
  • Polyunsaturated 32g
  • Protein 276g 552%
  • Cholesterol 811mg 270%
  • Sodium 7,998mg 333%
  • Calcium 312mg 31%
  • Magnesium 342mg 86%
  • Potassium 3,757mg 107%
  • Iron 19mg 104%
  • Zinc 20mg 135%
  • Phosphorus 2,380mg 340%
  • Vitamin A 76µg 8%
  • Vitamin C 24mg 40%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 54%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 2mg 88%
  • Niacin (B3) 65mg 327%
  • Vitamin B6 6mg 319%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 117µg 29%
  • Vitamin B12 5µg 87%
  • Vitamin E 16mg 79%
  • Vitamin K 253µg 316%
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