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How to Buy a Whole Turkey

Know before you go

how much turkey do i need?

Adults
Kids
Leftovers
Big Eaters
You need:

What Size Turkey To Purchase

Plan on about 3/4 to 1 pound per person. If you would like leftovers, plan on 1-1/2 pounds per person.
Whole Turkey: 3/4 to 1 pound per person
Bone-In Turkey Breast: 1/2 to 3/4 pound per person
Boneless Turkey Breast: 1/4 to 1/2 pound per person

Fresh vs. Frozen Turkey
You can buy a whole turkey either fresh or frozen.

  • Fresh turkeys need no thawing and are ready to cook.
  • Frozen turkeys can be purchased weeks in advance, but require days of thawing time before roasting.
  • Unless...you use a JENNIE-O® OVEN READY™ Turkey which allows you to take product directly from the freezer to the oven.


Find more whole turkey basics here.