How Much Turkey Per Person? Use This Rule of Thumb

How Much Turkey Per Person? Use This Rule of Thumb

Sarah Rae Smith
Nov 1, 2016
(Image credit: Emma Christensen)

I think that the best thing about Thanksgiving (aside from spending it with friends and family members) is the turkey. You eat it the day of, that night in sandwiches, and often for many days after in different dishes. So if you're like me, having too little turkey can be a total disaster. Do you know how to choose the right amount of turkey to feed your Thanksgiving Day guests?

When it comes to feeding a crowd, having too much food is always better than having too little.

The rule of thumb for buying turkey: 1 pound per person

This should be enough to cover dinner and allow for leftovers to snack on throughout the evening. If you really, really like leftovers and are perfectly content to eat turkey sandwiches until your head falls off, then a pound and a half is a good measure.

So don't just walk into the store and pick up the biggest bird they have — or the smallest. Just remember "a pound per person" and you'll be set.

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