Cheeseburger Quesadilla Recipe

cheeseburger-quesadillasCheeseburger Quesadillas are man pleasing grub…perfectly sized for party food, and flat out DELICIOUS!  You can top these with your favorite burger fixing to create a DIY burger bar on family night.  This is what I’ll be cooking up for my Trim Healthy Man on Father’s Day, so I’m gonna make some for you today here on Trim Healthy Tuesday!

Look at these babies…warm, melty cheeseburgery goodness wrapped in a hot & buttery crisp quesadilla.  These seriously may RUIN normal cheeseburgers for me forever.  This makes regular buns just seem really pasty and lame.  And you know I mean hamburger buns, right?  Right.P1080356

You’ll need: low carb tortillas, sugar free ketchup, 1 pound of ground beef, cheese, pickle relish or dill pickles, mayo, mustard…anything you love on a burger.

This is not the time to be a plain Jane…go for sloppy and flavorful.  I made some sauteed onions for ours, and MAJOR deliciousness happened.  You’ll want to have your meal and any cold toppings like lettuce and tomatoes ready to go when you heat up the griddle.  They come together quickly!


Start by really browning your ground beef.  You’ve heard my song and dance before about really getting that bottom layer of ground beef a TOASTY brown to bring out a full beefy flavor.  I also caramelized onions in some butter.  Both of these steps can be done ahead of time.

When you’re ready to cook, get all of your toppings at easy reach and ready to assemble.  Toss a tsp of butter on a hot skillet, and swirl it around to cover the bottom.  Lay your tortilla down, and place a piece of cheese down.  I folded mine into half from corner to corner and made two points, so they’d fit better.  Top with ground beef & onions, and then quickly squirt/schmear on your mayo, mustard & ketchup.  And the pickle relish…the pickle relish is critical, I tell you!  Fold over and flip to really warm and melt it all together.  Cut into 4 wedges.  Repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat.  P1080354

Serve with sliced cherry tomato wedges and crisp leaf lettuce.  Dive in head first.

Watch men swoon.

Here is your printable Cheeseburger Quesadilla Recipe.

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It's impossible to miss cheeseburgers if you've got these amazing cheeseburger quesadillas on hand. You can choose your favorite toppings and snazzy them up to your liking: jalapenos, pepper jack cheese, mushrooms & swiss, feta and sun-dried tomatoes...the sky is the limit to how creative you can get with these.</span>
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion, sliced into rounds
  • 2½ T. butter-divided
  • 6 low carb tortillas-with 6 net carbs or less
  • 6 slices of your favorite cheese, I used sharp cheddar
  • sugar free ketchup, or THM ketchup p. 411
  • dill pickle relish
  • mayo-light or regular-the squeezy bottle is easiest
  • mustard
  • 10-15 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 4 pieces of leaf lettuce, torn into pieces
  1. Brown your ground beef, allowing the bottom layer to really get a nice deep brown for best flavor. Drain.
  2. Add ½ of a T of butter to a skillet, and cook onion rings on medium heat until caramelized and browned well.
  3. Pre-cut tomatoes into wedges, and wash and tear lettuce. This step, and the two previous steps can be done ahead of time.
  4. Assemble all ingredients so that they are close at hand.
  5. Warm a cast iron skillet to medium heat, and melt 1 tsp. of butter on it, swirling to cover the bottom of the pan.
  6. Place a tortilla onto the skillet, and working quickly, add one slice of cheese to one half. I folded mine into half from corner to corner and made two points, so they'd fit better.
  7. Top with about 2-3 tablespoons of ground beef, and 2-3 tablespoons of caramelized onion.
  8. Add mayo, ketchup, mustard and pickle relish.
  9. Fold the empty half over the top of the filled half, and flip to melt it all together well.
  10. Cut into 4 wedges, and serve.

And now for even more fun:  First, I hit goal weight last week!  To celebrate, I’m giving away a FREE copy of Trim Healthy Mama…I’ll choose a winner tonight at 6:00.

And now for LOTS more Trim & Healthy Inspiration…


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  1. says

    Hi Gwen~ Thank you for hosting the link up and also for featuring my Peaches & Cream smoothy! Your cheeseburger quesadilla looks amazing. I bet the men in my house would gobble this up.

    • Its_Gwen says

      Debbie, I always enjoy the photos on your blog! :) The smoothie is on my breakfast menu this week! Thanks for participating!

      • says

        I have to come back and give you a report :) I served this for dinner last night (with bacon). My teenage son made a point of letting me know that this was a fantastic meal. And it nourished him nicely before he left for 2 hours of (exhausting) wrestling practice. Most definitely a HUGE success! Thanks!

        • Its_Gwen says

          Thank you so much, Debbie! Adding bacon is just PERFECT. :) And how in the world do you have a teenager?

          • says

            LOL, well, the numbers all add up… The picture on my blog of my boys and me is from 2007. Yes, we’re waaaaay overdue for some more pictures. Photographers are notorious for not being in pictures :).

  2. AmandaEspinoza says

    This looks so wonderful Gwen! I can’t wait to try it :) Thank you for picking my Almond Chicken Wrap… :) Thank you also for hosting this incredible link up!

  3. Sharon Stough says

    Just wanted to let you know that “Quesadilla” is spelled wrong above. It might be affecting your search results when people google quesadilla recipes. :(

    • Its_Gwen says

      AAKKKkk! I’ll fix this…thank you! I looked it up, because I wasn’t sure how to spell it, and somehow STILL got it wrong. 😛 :)

      • Sharon Stough says

        I know. That word is a tough one. I live in Texas so I noticed right off, but couldn’t remember the correct spelling with out looking too. lol.

        The recipe looks yummy! Thanks for sharing it!

  4. Michele says

    I have to tell you this was the biggest hit in our house. My son said “this is the best thing we have eaten on this healthy diet! Who wrote this recipe?” I told him Gwens Nest. He said, “That Gwen, she is smart and a good cook. We should always eat what she is eating!!” We loved it so much we ate it two days in a row!

      • Its_Gwen says

        I mean you CAN make it an E meal, if you use 96-99% lean turkey or chicken breast (which I find to be very dry) and low fat cheese, and omit the butter/frying. Then adding in fruit or a carb source as your dessert or side dish. Or you could use sprouted tortillas as your carb source instead of low carb tortillas.

        But that sort of sucks the joy out of the cheesy, buttery fried goodness that makes these so yummy! :)

  5. Rita Schuer Murphy says

    Dear Gwen, I love your blog! Thank you!!
    I can’t find sweet pickle relish – you mention that is essential in Cheesesburger Quesadilla and besides I love it in tuna salad. What brand do you buy or do you make it? I can order it online but want to know a good brand. Thanks!