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Thanksgiving Calculator

Created by Piotr Małek
Reviewed by Steven Wooding
Last updated: Aug 21, 2023

Thanksgiving calculator estimates the amount of food needed for your Thanksgiving dinner and suggests how to burn those extra calories.

Thanksgiving is coming shortly to millions of houses in North America but also many around the world. While the family gathering itself lasts only for several hours, for many of us preparations start days or even weeks ahead. After all, someone needs to plan the meals, figure out the needed supplies and hunt down the precious turkey 🦃 (along with dozens of other products).

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Roast turkey with all the trimmings
Photo by SJ Baren on Unsplash.

To help you calculate the needed supplies, we're bringing you this simple tool. You can also check out our Thanksgiving Calories Calculator to find out what you have to do to burn all those Thanksgiving calories. Also, our grams to cups calculator may be useful during Thanksgiving meal preparation.

To get you the most accurate numbers and proportions, we used the infographics prepared by We spiced them up a little bit by letting you also consider kid meals. For the purpose of calculations, our tool assumes kids eat half of the adult meal and drink no wine (let's keep it this way ;-)). If your kids are soon-to-be-adults, you might include them as adults already to make sure you won't run out of food in the middle of dinner. And how about trying to make sourdough bread at home for this Thanksgiving with the help of the Omni sourdough calculator.

A second addition involves turkey leftovers, who doesn't love having some for the day after. If you choose to have them, the tool will automatically count 30% more turkey to be purchased while keeping the other supplies unchanged. Please note that all numbers are very approximate. Exact amounts will, of course, depend on your own appetites, so just in case you might want to get some extra ingredients.

Last but not least, if you want to keep fit, you might want to check how fast you can burn those extra pounds. There are various estimations of how many calories Thanksgiving dinner might have. Some sources state over 4,500, some circle around 2,500 while some claim the numbers are well below 2,000 for most. We leave it up to you to decide. Once you have this number or you use the default one we provided, type in your weight and choose the activity type you prefer.

The calculator will quickly tell you the time needed to burn your newly-acquired calories. You can also check our separate calories burned calculator if you decide to do some exercise to burn some calories. Have a great dinner!

If you're just interested in how many pounds of turkey per person you need, as well as the thawing and cooking time of a turkey, then the turkey size calculator is for you!

Piotr Małek
Need leftovers?
Here's how much food you're gonna need...
Turkey 🦃
Wine 🍷
US gal
Cheese 🧀
Cranberry sauce
US fl oz
Veggie sides 🥕
Potatoes 🥔
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