How big of a turkey for 11-12 people?

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Posted: 11/14/2012 9:28:32 AM
First time hosting Thanksgiving for a bigger crowd and not sure how big of a turkey to buy. I'd like some leftovers, but don't wanna be eating turkey for several days.


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Posted: 11/14/2012 9:35:13 AM
We are going to have 10 people for Thanksgiving and I got a 14 lb. bird. We love leftovers, so I wanted a decent size. If you go to a meat market or if your grocery store has a meat counter, you can ask the butcher and they should be able to help you figure it out.

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Posted: 11/14/2012 9:37:54 AM
Instead of 1 large turkey, I would go with 2 turkeys in the 12-14 pound range. I like the taste/juicyness of a smaller turkey over the large 20-25 pound ones.


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Posted: 11/14/2012 9:38:30 AM
the forumula is half a pound per person.

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Posted: 11/14/2012 10:37:09 AM
two smaller ones. 15 pounds

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Posted: 11/14/2012 10:37:10 AM
two smaller ones. 15 pounds

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Posted: 11/14/2012 10:45:15 AM
smaller turkeys have a greater bone to meat ratio so you have to factor that in. The guideline if you like leftovers is 2 lb per adult and half a pound per kid according to Butterball (they have a spiffy calculator on their website that you can play with). If you were having 12 adults, I would probably get two 14lb birds.


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Posted: 11/14/2012 11:01:52 AM
We wil have 12...10 adults and 2 kids. Our fresh bird will be between 22-24 pounds. We pick it up Wednesday. Can't wait!!



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Posted: 11/14/2012 11:10:01 AM
I do 20-22 for my gatherings, which are usually 10-14 people. I like leftovers. Turkey freezes well if there's a lot of meat left over.


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Posted: 11/14/2012 11:10:03 AM
I do 20-22 for my gatherings, which are usually 10-14 people. I like leftovers. Turkey freezes well if there's a lot of meat left over.


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Posted: 11/14/2012 11:30:26 AM
I would get two 9-10 lb birds. With that many people have more legs and wings is a good idea.


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Posted: 11/14/2012 11:56:25 AM

the forumula is half a pound per person.


That would be a six pound turkey for 12 people??

I like sending guests home with leftovers and we usually run low on the turkey (mostly legs/wings left, which I don't care for). This year I'm going to roast two 15-16 lb. birds (the day before) for 12 people, which should be plenty. I would say 2-3 pounds per person is a good rule if you like having plenty of leftover turkey.


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Posted: 11/14/2012 12:48:50 PM
You know I never thought to make 2 smaller turkeys. That's a good idea. They should fit in my oven at the same time right?


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Posted: 11/14/2012 12:56:28 PM
I wouldn't do smaller birds. They'll dry out quicker. Go with a 20lb turkey and you'll have plenty for the group you'll have. Are you going to brine?



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Posted: 11/14/2012 1:07:16 PM
I usually go with 1 pound per person. If you want leftovers add a couple of pounds. This thanksgiving I made a 12 pound turkey for 4 adults/4 kids and I only had enough leftovers for one meal. My BIL can eat a lot. So it would also depend on how much the people you invite eat. For men who can pack it away I would allow 2 pounds for them.

For 11-12 people I would make at least a 20 pound turkey.



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Posted: 11/14/2012 1:13:07 PM
We have 8 adults and 4 teens and we do a 24# turkey. We have enough leftovers for lunch the next day for most of us.


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Posted: 11/14/2012 1:13:16 PM
all adults? At least 16-18 pounds. We did a 14 pound turkey last year for 11 people, 5 of which were children under 10 years old, and there wasn't much leftover. I made a big point of making sure that I wrote that down so that I knew better for this year!

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Posted: 11/14/2012 1:13:43 PM
I keep hearing that the larger birds are dryer and tougher - everyone must be doing something wrong. We always do a bird about 20 pounds or so and it is always nice and moist and juicy. I have never had a dry turkey at my house.

I wouldn't be able to fit two birds in my oven nor would they fit in my fridge. I hate side by side fridges.

I would say about 20 pounds would be good a 12 pound bird depending on your guests might not give you a lot of leftover if any at all. We smoked a 12 pound bird during the summer and most people ate burgers but still there was hardly any meat left and we had our normal Thanksgiving crowd of 8. Most of us are also white meat eater so extra legs are not a good thing.


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Posted: 11/14/2012 1:43:41 PM

the forumula is half a pound per person.


I think that formula is for steak/hamburger meat or things without bones and a carcass.
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