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how many pounds of turkey for 120 people

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How many people will a 20 pound turkey feed?
Submitted: 9 years ago.
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Expert:  Tracy replied 9 years ago.

Hi Bernice,

About half of a turkey's weight is edible meat, so if you buy a 16 pound turkey, it will serve about 8 pounds of meat. Most servings are around 3-4 ounces per person, so each pound of edible meat will serve 4 people. Here is how you would calculate it out:

120 people / 4 people per pound = 30 pounds of edible meat. So, you will need approx. 60 total pounds of whole turkey.