Jan 27, 2009

Quesadilla Burgers. (including a "lite" version!)

I came up with this dish one night when the young-men-folk wanted hamburgers for dinner and I found myself with no buns.
They Have quickly become a favorite at our house!
Quesadilla Burgers are a wonderful way to spice up the normal hamburger.

Dana's Quesadilla Burgers

  • Ground Beef, seasoned with salt, pepper, cumin (whatever you like!)
  • Salsa
  • Flour Tortillas
  • Cheese, shredded (I like a cheddar or Mexican blend)
  • Purple onions, bell peppers and garlic, sauteed
  • Black olives, sliced (optional)
  • Cooking Spray
  • Guacamole & Sour Cream for toppings.
- Season your ground beef with desired seasonings.
- Shape into large thin patties.
- You want the finished patties to be approx the same size as your tortillas.
- Grill the patties to desired doneness, set aside.

- Heat a large skillet, (I use my electric griddle so I can cook more at once).
- Lightly spray one side of a tortilla with cooking spray.
- Place (spray-side down) into the hot pan.
- Apply approx 2 tablespoons of salsa on the tortilla.
- Add one cooked ground beef patty.
- Top with sauteed onions & peppers.
- Sprinkle with cheese
- add black olives (if desired)
- Another Tablespoon or so of salsa.
- Top with another flour tortilla. Spray lightly with cooking spray.

- Allow to cook until the bottom tortilla is crisp and lightly browned.
- Carefully flip with a large spatula, continue cooking until crisp and browned.

- Remove from pan, cut into wedges.
- serve with a dollop of sour cream and guacamole.
- Enjoy!!

** The Quesadilla Burgers pictured were made to fit into my diet!
I have managed to lose 22.5 lbs since December 11.
I am NOT doing it by suffering through bland "diet" foods.
I'm just making some changes to my favorite dishes, so I can enjoy them with my family.
Well... that and reducing my portion size.

Dana's "lite" quesadilla burgers

Made the exact same as above... Except-
  • I used 93%/7% very lean beef.
  • Fat Free, Low Carb, whole wheat tortillas.
  • only 1 & 1/2 Tablespoons of low-fat, finely shredded Extra Sharp cheddar cheese.
  • No Sour Cream (I really really don't like the fat-free stuff... bleck!)
  • I didn't use any cooking spray, because my electric griddle has a non-stick coating and worked just fine!
Nope.. It is not the perfect "Diet" food.
BUT.. I am losing weight ONLY because I am not depriving myself of the things I enjoy!
I'm just modifying them a tad.
I know from past experience, that when I deprive myself of the foods I enjoy.. I FAIL!

Either way you make em... They are Delicious!

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11 amazing comments. Talk To Me!!:

Curvaliscious said...

Those look fantastic I will have to make them when I do burgers this week :)

Shonda Little said...

We eat tons of various quesadillas, so I will definitely try this.

JennyMac said...

OOOHHHHH, My K-man will love those! We are burger fans too. Those Quesa-burger-dillas are too cute. Can't wait to make them. Thanks Dana! And congrats on the Weight loss. KUDOS!

Sab said...

Oh wow! We almost always want burgers when we have no buns, so I'll definetly have to try this!

Oh, I wanted to give you a little bloggy love, clicky...

Cottage said...

Hey Dana, thanks for the photos and recipe!!
They look SO Yummy!
Good for you on the weight loss and making it work in a way that works.

Wife to 1, Mom to 5 said...

Dana, PLEASE, I'm begging you, PLEASE write a cook book! If any editors are reading, give this gal a gig! You are inventive but yet it's not impractical food. I have made so many of your recipes and they are all so good. This one is going into the rotation asap. Thanks AGAIN for sharing! ~ Melissa

Bethany said...

I can tell you from first-hand experience that the quesadilla burgers were great! She made them for dinner last night and I loved 'em!

Even if she rolled her eyes when I asked for no peppers, onions, or olives on mine. :o)

- your spoiled rotten, "city girl", little sister

Dana (the Homesteading Housewife) said...

Wife to 1, Mom to 5,
That would be my dream!!!
;) thanks!

Nessa said...

I cut all red meat out of our diet but i bet if i substitute ground turkey these would still be fabulous. Thanks for the idea!

tabitha said...

This is an excellent idea!

I don't know how many times we have hamburger patties and no buns (like all the time). Usually we eat them w/o buns but I have tortillas in the fridge all the time.

I will have to try this soon.

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