what size turkey do I need

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: How to Cook the Perfect Turkey for more tips on how to prepare, cook, carve and present your Thanksgiving turkey.

Number of Guests

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

1 lb. Serving Per Person
(Includes Leftovers)

2 people3 lbs. turkey breast
(1 lb. cooked turkey)
6 to 7 lbs. turkey breast
(2 lbs. cooked turkey)
3 people5 lbs. turkey breast
(1 1/2 lbs. cooked turkey)
10-lb. whole turkey
(3 lbs. cooked turkey)
4 people6 to 7 lbs. turkey breast
(2 lbs. cooked turkey)
13-lb. whole turkey
(4 lbs. cooked turkey)
5 people8 lbs. turkey breast
(2 1/2 lbs. cooked turkey)
16- to 17-lb. whole turkey
(5 lbs. cooked turkey)
6 people10-lb. whole turkey
(3 lbs. cooked turkey)
13-lb. whole turkey
(4 lbs. cooked turkey)
7 people11- to 12-lb. whole turkey
(3 1/2 lbs. cooked turkey)
Two 12-lb. whole turkeys
(7 lbs. cooked turkey)
8 people13-lb. whole turkey
(4 lbs. cooked turkey)
Two 14-lb. whole turkeys
(8 lbs. cooked turkey)
9 people15-lb. whole turkey
(4 1/2 lbs. cooked turkey)
Two 15-lb. whole turkeys
(9 lbs. cooked turkey)
10 people16- to 17-lb. whole turkey
(5 lbs. cooked turkey)
Two 17-lb. whole turkeys
(10 lbs. cooked turkey)
12 people20-lb. whole turkey
(6 lbs. cooked turkey)
Two 20-lb. whole turkeys
(12 lbs. cooked turkey)
15 people20-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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