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How big a turkey must I get for 8-10 people?


Asked by MamaLisa1976 at 10:35 AM on Nov. 18, 2010 in Food & Drink

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  • Damn, you people buy some big turkeys! I'd figure 3/4 lb raw for every person. Then I wouldn't have to try to find crap to do with the leftovers.

    Answer by SWasson at 12:55 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • I've heard that you should assume 1 1/2 pounds of turkey per person. So that means 12 to 15 pounds minimum.

    Answer by ballewal at 10:37 AM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • I would get 20 pounds. You want leftovers.

    Answer by mompam at 10:36 AM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • 20-22 pounds ... I do every year. You will have leftovers.

    Answer by LuLuMama_4Jesus at 10:37 AM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • I read to figure 1 pound per person, if you want plenty of leftovers do 1.5 pounds per person. That being said, I'm having 6 for Thanksgiving, 2 are kids and I got a 15 lb turkey ;) But we love the leftovers as much as the dinner...

    Answer by gramsmom at 10:44 AM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • 15 lb minimum, larger if you want leftovers. After a turkey get to about 12 lbs, it' bones don't get any bigger, it just puts on meat. So if you're paying say 59 cents a lb, which is what I just paid, then you're getting anything over 12 lbs is pure meat. Pretty good deal-turkey meat for 59 cents a lb. I buy the largest I can find, about 23 lbs, and have lots of leftover to freeze for future meals.

    Answer by SweetLuci at 12:32 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

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    Answer by musicmom08 at 12:49 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • Personally, if depends on the people. Most people suggest 1-2 pounds per person, but I like a lot of leftovers, so I typically figure on 2 to 2 1/2 pounds per person.

    Answer by geminilove at 12:53 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • at 1.5 lbs per person, then you need a 12 tto 15 lb bird

    Answer by plclemo at 12:59 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • People figure 1 1/2 pounds per person? Holy cow. I realize there are bones in the turkey but we still always figured under a pound per person. Most in my family only eat 3-4 ounces of meat at a meal so we usually still have a leftovers.   I am amazed at how much some eat. 


    Answer by Anonymous at 1:01 PM on Nov. 18, 2010