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How Much Meat Per Person to Serve at a Party

Easy Meat Math

Planning a party? Time for some meat math! Knowing how much meat to serve everyone can get tricky, and getting ready to serve a beef roast, chicken, turkey, or pork for a big get-together can seem daunting. You'll want to make sure everyone has enough to eat at the party. It's simple to figure how much meat you'll need. First, plan your menu. Will you have side dishes and dessert? Is the meat the main course or simply a part of a bigger dish? Next, use our meat math chart and follow these simple tips to figure out how much meat to serve per person:

  • Weights listed are for the food as purchased, including bone and/or skin if applicable, and are meant as guidelines only.
  • Add a few extra servings to have enough for second servings or leftovers.
  • Round up as you multiply - it's better to have a little extra than to run out. Any unused meat, either raw or cooked, can be frozen for another use.

Meat Math Chart

Meat Per Person 4 People 12 People 40 People
Lean or Extra Lean Ground Meat 1/4 lb. 1 lb. 3 lb. 10 lb.
Spareribs 1 lb. 4 lb. 12 lb. 40 lb.
Steak - boneless
tenderloin, rib-eye, sirloin
1/4 lb. 1 to 1-1/2 lb. 3 lb. 10 lb.
Steak - T-bone 6 oz. 1-1/2 lb. 4-1/2 lb. 15 lb.
Chicken - boneless 4 oz. 1 lb. 3 lb. 10 lb.
Chicken - bone-in 1 to 2
1/2 lb.
2 lb. 6 lb. 20 lb.