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How big should a turkey be for 2 people?

Last Updated: 15th March, 2020

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Here's the basic rule: one pound of turkey per person. If you want leftovers ? or have big eaters coming to your house this year ? plan 1 1/2 to 2 pounds per person. Stick with that, and your Thanksgiving is off on the right foot.

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Keeping this in consideration, how big of a turkey do I need for 10 people?

Choosing the Right Size Turkey When choosing a turkey to serve on Thanksgiving, figure 1 1/2 pounds per person. If you are serving 10 people on Thanksgiving, choose a bird that is 15 to 20 pounds. Smaller birds that weigh less than 12 pounds have a smaller meat-to-bone ratio, so figure two pounds per person.

Likewise, how much turkey do I need per person calculator? Thankfully, there's a simple rule of thumb to estimate how much turkey to get for your guests. Plan on getting one pound of turkey per adult guest and one-half pound per child. If you want leftovers or a little extra, then plan on one and one-half pounds per adult and three-quarter pounds per child.

Also question is, how many does a 25 lb turkey feed?

turkey offers 25 servings. To provide enough turkey for 60 guests, we recommend offering two 22 or 23 lb.

How many people will a 10 pound turkey feed?

For 10 people, buy a 15-pound turkey.

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Bethel Leahu

Professional

How many people does a 15 pound turkey feed?

For turkeys under 16 pounds, estimate 1 pound per serving (this accounts for bone weight). For larger birds, a bit less is fine; they have a higher meat-to-bone ratio. But if your goal is to have ample leftovers, aim for 1-1/2 pounds per person whatever the turkey's size.

Magne Browacki

Professional

How much does a 20 pound turkey cost?

It's a different story for fresh turkeys—which are also the birds people most like to serve, according to Zagorsky. The retail price of a fresh hen turkey is about $1.51 a pound, or $30.20 for a 20-pound bird.

Lingzhi Lapo

Professional

How long does it take to cook a 15 pound turkey?

This table from the USDA is based on a 325°F oven, and a fully defrosted or fresh bird. (For an unstuffed bird, we're talking roughly 15 minutes per pound.) If you want to cook a frozen turkey, it will take at least 50 percent longer than the recommended times.

Abdenasser Zapico

Explainer

How long does a 20 pound turkey take to cook?

If you're baking it at 325°F (the lowest temperature the USDA recommends), you'll need to bake a 20-lb turkey in the oven for 4 to 5 hours if it's unstuffed, and 4 ¼ to 5 ¼ hours if it's stuffed.

Omid Propper

Explainer

How many pounds of turkey breast do you need per person?

Remember: The larger the bird, the higher the meat-to-bone ratio. Uncooked turkey breast (bone-in): Think of about 1.25 (one and 1/4 pounds) per person. Uncooked turkey breast (boneless): Think of about 0.75 pounds (3/4 of a pound) per person.

Xueyong Yashovarman

Explainer

How much does a Butterball turkey cost?

Fresh Butterball turkeys cost 99 cents a pound. The organic option goes for $2.99 a pound.

Melanie Ibangarate

Pundit

How much is a turkey at Costco?

Costco sells conventional turkeys for $0.99 per pound, except in Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico, where they're $1.19 per pound), and organic turkeys for $2.99 to $3.49. Shockingly, Costco's turkeys are completely normal sized.

Virgili Muellers

Pundit

What size turkey do I need for 15 adults?

What Size Turkey to Buy
Number of guests: Size of turkey:
8 people 12-14 pounds
10 people 15-16 pounds
12 people 18-20 pounds
14 people 21-22 pounds

Elies Baye

Pundit

How can I tell how much my turkey weighs?

The thermometer should read 165 degrees when you insert it in the thickest part of the thigh. Unless your turkey is relatively small (less than 12 pounds), you are looking at a three-hour-minimum cook time. But to be safe, you can start checking earlier.

Elios Ducrocq

Pundit

Do you cook a turkey at 325 or 350?

Roast the turkey uncovered at a temperature ranging from 325°F to 350°F. Higher temperatures may cause the meat to dry out, but this is preferable to temperatures that are too low which may not allow the interior of the turkey to cook to a safe temperature.

Irimia Vocke

Pundit

How long does it take to cook a 25 lb turkey?

Turkey Cooking Times and Temperatures
A 25-pound turkey would take approximately 5 hours and 30 minutes to cook until done — when a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast and thigh registers 165 F, according to the University of Minnesota Extension.

Evdochia Gensmuller

Teacher

Are Smaller turkeys more tender?

The flavor of a bird is determined by several additional factors, which may actually be more important than whether your turkey is fresh or frozen. Size is key — smaller birds tend to be more tender; if you have a lot of guests coming, think about cooking two small turkeys instead of one large one.

Salobrar Danke

Teacher

How long does it take a 25 pound turkey to cook?

How long to cook a turkey
Weight of Bird Roasting Time (Unstuffed) Roasting Time (Stuffed)
10 to 18 pounds 3 to 3-1/2 hours 3-3/4 to 4-1/2 hours
18 to 22 pounds 3-1/2 to 4 hours 4-1/2 to 5 hours
22 to 24 pounds 4 to 4-1/2 hours 5 to 5-1/2 hours
24 to 29 pounds 4-1/2 to 5 hours 5-1/2 to 6-1/4 hours

Alien Quaglino

Teacher

How many turkeys do I need to feed 150 people?

For turkeys less than 16 pounds, estimate 1 pound per serving (this accounts for bone weight). For larger birds, a bit less is fine; they have a higher meat-to-bone ratio. But if your goal is to have ample leftovers, aim for 11/2 pounds per person whatever the turkey's size.

Adara Ziehut

Teacher

How many pounds of lunch meat do I need for 30 people?

A 18-pound turkey, 12-pound roast or 7-pound boneless ham is enough for 25 to 30 people. For a group larger than this, calculate based on the group of 30. For example, for 60 people, use a 24-pound beef roast.

Pieter Hepburn

Reviewer

When should I buy a frozen turkey for Thanksgiving?

If you're buying a frozen turkey, you can shop up to one year in advance as long as the turkey remains properly frozen. (Take advantage of post-holiday sales!) If you're buying a fresh bird, purchase it one to two days before you cook it.

Anira Taubel

Reviewer

How much does a 15 pound turkey cost?

Price Per Pound: $1.69. Price for 15 Pound Turkey: $25.35.

Gulshan Veneri

Reviewer

How much turkey should I buy per person?

Here's the basic rule: one pound of turkey per person. If you want leftovers ? or have big eaters coming to your house this year ? plan 1 1/2 to 2 pounds per person. Stick with that, and your Thanksgiving is off on the right foot.

Franc Masse

Reviewer

How big is a 20 lb turkey?

What size of roaster will my turkey be comfortable in?
Turkey Size Minimum Roasting Pan Size
Up to 12 pounds 14 x 10 x 2-3/4 inches
Up to 16 pounds 15-3/4 x 12 x 3 inches
Up to 20 pounds 16 x 13 x 3 inches