Ham Size Calculator – How Much Ham Do You Need?

Are you planning a holiday ham dinner and wondering how much you’ll need for your guests? Take the guesswork out of estimating the amount of ham needed with this handy calculator.

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How Much Ham Do You Need?

Planning the holiday meal down to the last cranberry can be a daunting task, but planning how much ham to make for a crowd of any size is easy when you follow these simple guidelines.

First, take into account the number of guests, the type of ham you plan on serving, and how much in leftovers (you’ll definitely want leftovers!) you want.

Infographic showing how much ham you need for a holiday dinner

Whichever size ham you choose, be sure to allow enough cooking time. The USDA suggests baking at 325 °F (160 °C) until it reaches an internal temp of 145 °F (63 °C) and then letting it rest for 3 minutes, or 140 °F (60 °C) to reheat a pre-cooked smoked ham.[1]

How Much Boneless Ham Do You Need?

The folks at the Honeybaked Ham Company have been experts in all things ham since 1957, and they recommend 1/2 pound of ham per person. However, take into account those larger appetites and again…leftovers! What’s a holiday without a midnight ham sammy?[2]

Use the following chart to help plan the right amount of ham based on the number of guests you’re expecting.

Chart showing the amount of boneless ham needed per person
Number of People Amount of Boneless Ham
4 – 6 2 – 3 lbs
6 – 8 3 – 4 lbs
8 – 10 4 – 5 lbs
10 – 12 5 – 6 lbs
15 – 20 8 – 10 lbs
25 – 30 13 – 15 lbs

How Much Bone-in Ham Do You Need?

According to the domestic goddess herself, Martha Stewart, she recommends 3/4 of a pound of ham per person for bone-in hams. She’d also advise saving that flavor-soaked ham bone for future soups and stews![3]

This chart shows the estimated amount of bone-in ham for your holiday dinner party.

Chart showing the amount of bone-in ham needed per person
Number of People Amount of Bone-in Ham
4 – 6 3 – 4 1/2 lbs
6 – 8 4 1/2 – 6 lbs
8 – 10 6 – 7 1/2 lbs
10 – 12 7 1/2 – 9 lbs
15 – 20 9 – 15 lbs
25 – 30 19 – 22 1/2 lbs

Considering serving turkey instead? Plan the amount needed using our turkey size calculator.

References

  1. Food Safety and Inspection Service | USDA, Hams and Food Safety, https://www.fsis.usda.gov/food-safety/safe-food-handling-and-preparation/meat/hams-and-food-safety
  2. The Honey Baked Ham Company, How Much Ham Per Person Will You Need?, https://www.honeybaked.com/whole-ham
  3. Martha Stewart, Ham 101, https://www.marthastewart.com/268082/ham-101