What Size Turkey Do I Need?

'Tis the ultimate question come the holiday season. Here, we share our suggestions for turkey size per number of guests, based on both servings with no leftovers and with leftovers taken into account. Visit our Perdue Farms Guide to Cooking Turkey for more tips on how to prepare, cook, carve and present the perfect holiday turkey.

Number of Guests

1/2 lb. Serving Per Person
(No Leftovers)

1 lb. Serving Per Person
(Includes Leftovers)

2 people

3 lbs. turkey breast

(1 lb. cooked turkey)

6 to 7 lbs. turkey breast

(2 lbs. cooked turkey)

3 people

5 lbs. turkey breast

(1 1/2 lbs. cooked turkey)

10-lb. whole turkey

(3 lbs. cooked turkey)

4 people

6 to 7 lbs. turkey breast

(2 lbs. cooked turkey)

13-lb. whole turkey

(4 lbs. cooked turkey)

5 people

8 lbs. turkey breast

(2 1/2 lbs. cooked turkey)

16- to 17-lb. whole turkey

(5 lbs. cooked turkey)

6 people

10-lb. whole turkey

(3 lbs. cooked turkey)

13-lb. whole turkey

(4 lbs. cooked turkey)

7 people

11- to 12-lb. whole turkey

(3 1/2 lbs. cooked turkey)

Two 12-lb. whole turkeys

(7 lbs. cooked turkey)

8 people

13-lb. whole turkey

(4 lbs. cooked turkey)

Two 14-lb. whole turkeys

(8 lbs. cooked turkey)

9 people

15-lb. whole turkey

(4 1/2 lbs. cooked turkey)

Two 15-lb. whole turkeys

(9 lbs. cooked turkey)

10 people

16- to 17-lb. whole turkey

(5 lbs. cooked turkey)

Two 17-lb. whole turkeys

(10 lbs. cooked turkey)

12 people

20-lb. whole turkey

(6 lbs. cooked turkey)

Two 20-lb. whole turkeys

(12 lbs. cooked turkey)

15 people

20-lb. whole turkey plus 6 to 7 lbs. turkey breast

(7 1/2 lbs. cooked turkey)

Two 20-lb. whole turkeys plus 10 lbs. turkey breast

(15 lbs. cooked turkey)

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