How Much Turkey Meat Should You Prepare Per Person?

When cooking a roast turkey, estimate between 1 1/2 and 2 lbs. per person. When preparing a deli tray with sliced turkey, assume about 3 to 4 ounces per person.

Turkey is an affordable, lean meat that works well for dinner parties and everyday meals. There are multiple ways to prepare turkey from whole roast turkey to processed slices on deli trays or in sandwiches. To ensure that there is enough meat to go around, take a minute to calculate how much is needed before cooking.

  1. Count the guests
  2. Estimate how many guests will attend the party or be present at dinner. Count everyone, including the kids, to ensure plenty of food is available.

  3. Verify the amount of available turkey
  4. The amount of meat per person can vary, depending on the size of the party. If serving roast turkey to a smaller group of people, estimate about 2 lbs. per person. This is because turkeys less than 12 lbs. have less meat on them. For parties requiring larger turkeys up to 20 lbs., consider estimating 1 1/2 lbs. per person. Deli meat slices are always about 3 to 4 ounces per person.

  5. Multiply the two numbers
  6. Multiply the amount of meat per person by the number of people attending the party. This is amount of turkey meat needed for the meal.