Turkey Q/A - how many people

I've been getting this question often in the past few days:

Q:"How many people can a turkey feed?"

A:For a co-ed college group: I'd do 1-1.5lbs/person (depending on how much you eat)

For praxis/post-grads: I'd do 1lb/person

Does this sound like a lot? A turkey has lots of bone/skin/fat and other non-meat portions to it. In my experience with cooking whole chicken, I usually do 1.5lbs per person.

For a second opinion, check out the bottom right corner of http://www.butterball.com/en/index.jsp -- they suggest 1lb/person and 1.5lb/person for big eaters. I would err on the side of too much cause it's nice to have leftovers instead of running out.

Also keep in mind how much side dishes you are making when you estimate the food. My experience is there are bags and bags of leftovers taken home in gallon ziplocks

---Again, this is true if the turkey is good. A dry, bland turkey might be closer to 0.5lb-0.75/lb (child size portions)---


Anonymous said…
Useful site.

If there are a lot of sides/fixing and you're eating family or buffet style, I'd say you only want to eat like 1-2 pieces of turkey. At least, that's how we roll in our family!
tomkim said…
I agree! If there are a lot of sides, 1-2 pieces of turkey would be good. That would be about 1/3lb (like a large hamburger pattie). 2/3 turkey would yield 1/3lb of meat (minus bone,fat..etc).

I think you can reduce portions if there are lots of sides. My experience is if the turkey is juicy and flavorful, people eat twice as much and that's why I make 1.5lb/person

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