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.

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 stack of cheeseburger quesadillas.

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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 stack of cheeseburger quesadillas.

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.

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.

Cheeseburger Quesadilla

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.
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 4 servings
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Calories 936


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 ground 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


  • In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, ketchup, pickle juice, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook beef until browned and cooked through, about 6 to 8 minutes. Drain well. 
  • 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 ½ cup cheese, ¼ of the cooked beef. Top with pickle slices, if using,
  • Sprinkle top half with ½ cup cheese. Fold in half and cook until cheese is melted and the tortilla is golden brown on one side, about 2 minutes. 
  • 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, cheese, beef, and pickles.
  • Cut each quesadilla in half, and stack 2 halves on each of the 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.

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


Calories: 936kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 50gFat: 75gSaturated Fat: 35gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 207mgSodium: 1638mgPotassium: 826mgFiber: 3gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 2171IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 893mgIron: 4mg
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  1. Made these with my son tonight. Best burger i have ever had.!!!! That sauce was tge best. Didnt have all the stuff like pickle juice or mustard but added ranch and it was to die for. Thanks for the new meal on our dinner chart5 stars

    1. Thank you so much Lindsay! I tried some Cheeseburger Spring Rolls over the weekend at a restaurant and they reminded me of these quesadillas. I knew immediately I’d have to make a recipe for those too. But in the meantime! Hooray for Cheeseburger Quesadillas! And yes I may or may be known for drinking the sauce. I’m definitely adding ranch next time. Take care and thank you so much!

  2. 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!

    1. 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!

  3. 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!

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

  4. 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!5 stars

  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!5 stars

  6. 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. =)

    1. 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. ;)

  7. 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 XO5 stars