Thanksgiving is delicate dance of planning for your own situation. For some, more than one 22 lb. turkeys is barely enough. For others, they don’t make turkeys small enough.
To get it right, there’s a rule of thumb to follow, and its not rocket science.
What size turkey do you need?
The general rule of thumb is to plan for 1 pound per person. Then take into consideration that you can be eating the world’s best turkey sandwiches for the rest of the week and we recommend about 1 1/2 per person just to be on the safe side.
So let’s say you have about 12 people coming over, plus that aunt and uncle that always say they’re not coming but then show up with their 2 kids anyway… and you need to plan enough turkey for say 15 people and leftovers. In this case, a 22 lb. turkey should be just right.
One 22 lb. Turkey or Two Smaller Turkeys?
Because larger turkeys have more area to get up to temperature, smaller turkeys tend to cook more evenly and be more tender. If you get up in to the 15+ head count, 2 smaller turkeys will usually make for a more flavorful and enjoyable meal.