The amount of turkey needed per person can vary depending on several factors, such as the size of the turkey, the number of side dishes being served, and the appetites of your guests. However, as a general rule of thumb, you can estimate the amount of turkey needed using the following guidelines:
- For a whole turkey: Plan for 1 pound (0.45 kg) of turkey per person. For example, if you are serving 10 people, you will need a 10-pound (4.5 kg) turkey.
- For a turkey breast: Plan for 3/4 pound (0.34 kg) of turkey breast per person. For example, if you are serving 8 people, you will need a 6-pound (2.7 kg) turkey breast.
It’s also important to keep in mind that these estimates assume that you want to have leftover turkey for sandwiches or other meals. If you don’t want leftovers or have guests with smaller appetites, you may be able to get by with slightly less turkey.
In addition to the turkey, it’s also important to plan for enough side dishes, such as stuffing, vegetables, and potatoes, to ensure that everyone has enough to eat.