Cheeseburger Quesadillas

These quick and tasty Cheeseburger Quesadillas are so easy to make! Serve with a crispy wedge salad on the side and lots of special sauce for a full meal. Scroll down for a video tutorial!

If you ask me what my favorite food is, I will reply “Cheeseburgers” immediately and without hesitation.

So when my VIP reader Dave sent this recipe over, I knew I had to make it. It’s basically the essence of everything I love.

A photo taken at slight downward angle of a stack of cheeseburger quesadillas on a white plate. A wedge of iceberg lettuce with tomatoes and pickles are on the side. A glass of beer is in the back.

And leave it to Dave to pair it with a fresh and healthy wedge salad. He used Romaine, I used Iceberg, you can use whatever you want.

And yes: I know that Iceberg lettuce has no nutritional value. Save your emails. It’s going to be okay.

To keep your quesadillas from being too greasy, use a lean cut of beef and/or drain your cooked beef on paper towels.

A square version of a photo with a stack of cheeseburger quesadillas on a white plate. A wedge of iceberg lettuce with tomatoes and pickles are on the side. A glass of beer is in the back.

Also, the pickles are optional. I love them, especially Claussen’s refrigerator pickles. I serve more on the side.

The sauce is basically Thousand Island dressing with a few other ingredients mixed in. It’s great! Put it on your quesadilla, put it on your salad, and put more on the side for dipping. Good idea, Dave.

Which brings me to the salad. Please use romaine if you want to. Or use something else. Or forgo the salad entirely and just eat the dressing. Whatever makes you happy!

Cheeseburger Quesadillas are all about being HAPPY.

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Cheeseburger Quesadillas

These quick and tasty Cheeseburger Quesadillas are so easy to make! Serve with a crispy wedge salad on the side and lots of special sauce for a full meal.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 933 kcal

Ingredients

For the Special Sauce:

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons pickle juice
  • 1 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

For the Quesadillas:

  • 1 pound 90% lean beef
  • 4 (8-inch) flour tortillas
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 24 dill pickle chips optional
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the Wedge Salads:

  • 1 head Iceberg lettuce cored and cut into 4 wedges
  • 8 cherry tomatoes quartered
  • 1 shallot finely chopped

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, ketchup, pickle juice, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Set aside.

  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook beef until browned and cooked through, about 6 to 8 minutes. Drain well on paper towels if desired. 

  3. Wipe out skillet, coat with nonstick spray, and heat over medium heat. Working with 1 tortilla at a time, add to skillet. Top half the quesadilla with 1/2 cup cheese and 1/4 of the cooked beef.

  4. Top with pickle slices, if using, and another 1/2 cup cheese. Fold in half and cook until cheese is melted and the tortilla is golden brown on one side, about 2 minutes. 

  5. Flip quesadilla and continue cooking until all the cheese is melted and the second side is golden brown. Transfer to a plate and cover to keep warm. Repeat with remaining tortillas, beef, and cheese.

  6. Top each romaine half with some tomato, shallot, and a drizzle of mayonnaise dressing. Serve with quesadillas.
  7. Cut each tortilla in quarters and divide among 4 plates. Add one wedge of Iceberg to each plate and top with shallots and tomatoes. Drizzle the quesadillas and salad with sauce. Serve more sauce on the side if desired.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Dave's recipe for Cheeseburger Quesadillas. He adapted it from Real Simple magazine.

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These quick and tasty Cheeseburger Quesadillas are so easy to make! Serve with a crispy wedge salad on the side and lots of special sauce for a full meal.

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13 comments

  1. Thanks for the credit. Now I am going to copy this recipe and use it instead. Yours just looks better. Guess that’s why you’re the boss!! lol XO

  2. awesome! complete with a special sauce and everything!

  3. Made today. Yum.   I added grilled onions.

  4. Just out of curiosity, what does the sauce taste like? I’m not a fan of mayo, so I wasn’t sure if I would want to make the sauce because of that, but if it doesn’t taste like mayo, then maybe I’ll give it a whirl. =)

    • Tastes like thousand island dressing, kind of. So it’s mayo based but not mayo. I hope that helps! Like tartar sauce with ketchup mixed in. ;)

  5. This is a great recipe & so simple! We had hamburger meat thawed & wanted to make something easy that wasn’t tacos. (Already had those 3x last week haha) These were delicious!! Definitely making them again. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Made these tonight for dinner and they were delicious. My husband said this is definitely in the top two of all the recipes I’ve made from sources online. Very easy to make and the sauce is a definite must. Thanks for a delicious recipe that doesn’t break the bank!

  7. Oh my gosh these look so good! My kids (and my husband and I for that matter…) will flip over these! We do quesadillas quite often, and this is a great twist!

    • Thank you Melissa! I’m always down for Cheeseburger Anything. :) I hope you love them! Thanks again and take care.

  8. This looks so good! Have you ever tried putting some of the sauce inside with the ground beef? I’m wondering if it would get too overwhelming? Thanks!

    • Hi Connie! I think it would be fantastic to put sauce inside with the beef. The only reason I don’t, personally, is because I love hot vs. cold contrasts in my food, so I like to dip the hot quesadilla in the cold sauce. If you put it in with the beef, the sauce would obviously warm up. However, just like in a Big Mac that tastes awesome so…. yes! Great idea!

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