# 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.

## How Much Ham do you Need per Person?

Planning the right amount of ham for a holiday meal isn’t exactly a precise science, but you can follow a few rules of thumb to prepare just the right amount for your guests.

The amount needed will vary based on the number of guests, the type of ham (bone-in or boneless), and how much leftovers you want.

### How Much Boneless Ham do you Need?

According to the Honey Baked Ham Company, experts in ham if there ever were any, you’ll want to allow about **1/2 pound of ham per person**.^{[1]}

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

Number of People | Amount of Boneless Ham |
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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?

You’ll need a bit more bone-in ham per person to allow for the additional weight of the bone. Per Martha Stewart, you should plan on **3/4 pound of bone-in ham per person**.^{[2]}

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

Number of People | Amount of Bone-in Ham |
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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

- The Honey Baked Ham Company, How Much Ham Per Person Will You Need?, https://www.honeybaked.com/content/whole-ham
- Martha Stewart, Ham 101, https://www.marthastewart.com/268082/ham-101