Quesadilla Burger

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!!

Quesadilla Burger

I’ve always loved Memorial Day.  My memories from when I was little include going to a parade in our small town, then having a cookout for lunch after the parade.  It’s the kickoff to summer…the sign that school is almost done…the weekend we usually plant flowers….Ahhhh….It’s here.


One of the best things about Memorial Day? The food.

Several years ago, my son was on an Applebee’s kick. Anytime he was choosing our restaurant, he chose Applebee’s. I found something I loved on the menu.

The Quesadilla Burger.

Then shortly after that, I heard a news report that was telling the most unhealthy things to eat at restaurants.

Guess what the most unhealthy thing to eat at Applebee’s was?

Yep, you guessed it.

The Quesadilla Burger.



That brought a challenge to me…recreate the Quesadilla Burger at home!

I didn’t try to make this burger exactly like the one from Applebee’s.  It is just inspired by my favorite restaurant burger.

In order to make it a little lighter, I used lean ground beef (96% lean), and left off the bacon.

That’s a lot of calories saved, right there.

Spray a skillet with some non-stick spray and lightly toast the flour tortillas. This gives them a great little crunch on the outside, but they are still chewy on the inside.

For the burger, try to make them flatter, so it fits in the flour tortilla better.  It didn’t succeed in making my burgers flatter this time.  But it was still sooooo good.

Then layer your burger, cheese, lettuce, and add a mixture of ketchup, light mayo or miracle whip and Pico de Gallo.

Put just a little more Pico de Gallo on for an extra kick.  If you don’t have a recipe you use for Pico, try ours out.  I promise you, it’s easy.  Not as easy as buying a pre-made package in the store, but the homemade taste is soooo worth the 15 minutes it takes to cut up the veggies.


Try out this Quesadilla Burger for your Memorial Day Picnic this weekend!

Quesadilla Burger

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

1 sandwich

Quesadilla Burger

A lighter version of my Applebee's favorite!


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 12 taco-size flour tortillas
  • 12 slices cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups Pico de Gallo
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup ketchup


Form 2 pounds of ground beef into 6 hamburger patties. To make them fit the flour tortillas better, make the patties thinner, with a diameter of about 4-5 inches. Grill the burgers.

While the burgers are grilling, spray a frying pan with cooking spray. With the stove on medium-low, lightly toast the flour tortillas for about 2-3 minutes on each side. They should be light brown, and still a little chewy on the inside.

Put one slice of cheese on a toasted flour tortilla. Place a burger over the cheese with another slice of cheese on top of the burger.

For the sauce, mix the ketchup and mayonnaise. Mix in 3/4 cup Pico de Gallo to the mayonnaise/ketchup mixture.

Spread some of the sauce mixture on each burger, and top with another spoonful of Pico de Gallo and some lettuce. Top with another flour tortilla.



I used 96% lean ground beef.

You can mayonnaise or Miracle Whip, and even use a light version.

Use taco-size flour tortillas, or the smallest ones you can find.


Ever made Pico de Gallo?  This is our favorite recipe.

Pico de Gallo Fresh Salsa

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8 Responses to Quesadilla Burger

  1. This is insane in the best, most delicious way possible! I hope you’ll contribute it to this month’s Shine Supper Club.

  2. Terry says:

    These look amazing!

  3. Yum! I love that burger too. I also didn’t think the bacon was necessary. Thanks for reinventing it for us and sharing at the Burger Bash.

  4. Lizzy T says:

    Definitely saves a few calories without the bacon:) Thanks!!

  5. Sheela says:

    That looks delicious! x

  6. Lizzy T says:

    It IS so delicious! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  7. Savannah says:

    This looks delicious. Thanks for sharing at Saturday Dishes. Pinned!

  8. Lizzy T says:

    Thanks so much!!

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