How Much Sausage Do You Need per Person?

When you’re organizing an event, you always have to plan several steps ahead.

For example, ordering and preparing food can be a tricky aspect of event planning, especially when you’re not sure how much food you’ll actually need to make. If you’re going to host a barbeque, then you should know how many sausages you require to feed all your guests.

So, how much sausage per person do you need? Since one sausage weighs about 2.4 ounces, if we were to say that one person would eat three sausages, you would need 7.2 ounces of sausage per person.

In this article, I’ll discuss this in further detail and highlight how much sausage per person you need for different-sized gatherings. I’ll also go over how many sausages are too many for a particular number of people.

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How Many Sausages Do You Need per Person?

It’s challenging to establish how many sausages you would need per person due to many factors.

Even if you know the exact number of guests, you won’t know whether they will be very hungry or if they won’t eat at all. In any case, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

The number of sausages you need also depends on the overall menu.

  • Will you only serve sausages, or will there be other types of meat as well?
  • What size sausages do you plan to serve?
  • Will there be appetizers, or will the sausages be a part of the main course?

These are just some of the things you need to take into consideration in situations like these.

Planning your menu is the first step towards organizing a barbeque. After you establish how many guests will come to your event, it’s time to see how many sausages you’ll actually need.

When it comes to any type of meat, 1/3 pounds is enough for one person on average.

For example, one sausage weighs approximately 2.4 ounces. So, if we were to say that one person would eat three sausages, that would mean that 7.2 ounces of sausages would be enough for one person.

According to this estimate, you would need to order or make 0.9 pounds of sausages for two people and 2.25 pounds for five people.

If you’re planning to host a larger event, let’s say with 50 guests, you would need 22.5 pounds of sausages, which is 150 sausages. For 100 people, you would need to order or make 45 pounds of sausage, which is around 300 sausages.

For more information, take a look at my table below that shows how many pounds of sausage and how many sausages you would need for different numbers of people:

Number of PeoplePounds of SausageNumber of sausages
214.4 oz (0.9 lbs.)6
536 oz (2.25 lbs.)15
1072 oz (4.5 lbs.)30
15108 oz (6.75 lbs.)45
20144 oz (9 lbs.)60
25180 oz (11.25 lbs.)75
30216 oz (13.5 lbs.)90
35252 oz (15.75 lbs.)105
40288 oz (18 lbs.)120
45324 oz (20.25 lbs.)135
50360 oz (22.5 lbs.)150
60432 oz (27 lbs.)180
70504 oz (31.6 lbs.)210
80576 oz (36 lbs.)240
90648 oz (40.5 lbs.)270
100720 oz (45 lbs.)300

This table is just an approximate estimate of how much sausage per person you would need. It isn’t 100% accurate due to the many varying factors mentioned above.

How Many Servings Is a Pound of Sausage?

One pound of sausage can be used for two servings, although this can depend on the type of sausage.

One pound would be enough for approximately two servings since one uncooked sausage weighs 2.4 ounces, and one serving would consist of at least three sausages.

On the other hand, one cooked sausage usually weighs 2 ounces, which means that 1 pound of cooked sausages can be used for two to three servings.

These numbers depend on the sausage brand, as standard supermarket brands weigh less than thicker sausages you would find at the butcher.

How Many Sausages Is Too Many?

You never want your food to go to waste. Unfortunately, this is usually the case with large events.

Hosts always order or make too much food, so no one goes hungry. As a result, a large portion of the food usually ends up in the trash.

If you follow the table from the previous section, you shouldn’t have any problems with making too many sausages. However, even if you make the ideal amount of food, you never know when someone might cancel or if they have little appetite.

Fortunately, there is a way to save your leftover sausages for at least a few more days. You can store sausages whether they are cooked or uncooked.

Cooked sausages can be stored in the fridge for three to four days. Just be sure to place them in the refrigerator at least two hours after you’ve cooked them.

To make sure they last for that long, either put them in a sealed container or use plastic or aluminum foil to wrap them.

You can also freeze cooked sausages – they can last up to two months in the freezer. Refreezing cooked sausage is an option as well.

If you have leftover sausages that you didn’t cook, you can also place them in the fridge.

Uncooked sausages can last for a shorter amount of time in the refrigerator – up to two days. However, be careful not to leave them at room temperature for too long. If they’re out of the fridge for at least two hours, they can go bad quickly.

Raw sausages can also be placed in the freezer, where they can last up to two months. When you decide to cook them, put them in the fridge overnight to defrost and then cook them.

In Summary

There’s a lot of thought that goes into event planning.

Whether you’re planning to host a small family gathering or a big event with 100 guests, you should be prepared and know how much sausage per person you need.

Of course, you can never predict the exact number of sausages that will be eaten, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

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