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Cheeseburger Quesadilla: A Quick and Easy, Low Calorie Recipe

It doesn’t get much easier than this cheeseburger quesadilla recipe. You won’t need to get your hands messy making patties or make any crazy sauces. Nope, we’re keeping it simple per usual.

The base recipe is super high in protein and lower calorie, with 245 calories and 24 grams of protein per cheeseburger quesadilla. But I’ve included ideas for making it even lower calorie in the recipe notes below. Once you taste these things, you’ll never want to eat a regular cheeseburger again.

Okay, that’s just crazy talk, but you catch my drift. They’re delicious.

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Cheeseburger Quesadilla Ingredients

Like I mentioned above, this is a super simple recipe. I don’t have any ingredient notes that I haven’t included in the recipe itself.

But if you’re actually reading this section and haven’t skipped straight to the recipe (kudos by the way), I’ll emphasize the use of Joseph’s pitas for this recipe. Honestly, any flatbread or tortilla will work but until you’ve tried them for quesadillas, you haven’t fully experienced their greatness.

I buy mine at Walmart. If you have trouble finding them, you can order directly from their website or I’ve linked to them on Amazon in the recipe. They’re also great for low calorie pizzas.

Update: Mission Carb Balance tortillas work great. Check out my black bean and corn quesadillas and bacon ranch ground chicken quesadillas for proof! 

black bean quesadillas and chicken bacon ranch quesadillas

For toasting the quesadillas, I used my 11-inch Best Pan on Earth. Okay, that’s not really the name of the pan. I’m just always raving about my $20 pans from Amazon. I’ve had them for over a year now, wash them in the dishwasher, use them daily, and they’re in great shape and cook nearly anything without sticking. If you’ve seen my Instagram stories, you’ve probably seen them make an appearance or two.

So, if you need new pans, check them out. You get three pans for twenty bucks. I’ve got them and every other recommended product or tool on my Amazon list.

A super easy to make cheeseburger quesadilla recipe with low calorie, high protein ingredients. These make the perfect low calorie meal or high protein snack for cheeseburger lovers.

Cheeseburger Quesadilla

Yield: 2 Quesadillas
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

The perfect lower calorie, high protein fix for cheeseburger lovers. 

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Ground Beef (96/4)
  • 8 oz Shredded Cheddar
  • 1/2 C Tbsp (136g) Sugar Free Ketchup
  • 1/4 C (60g) Mustard
  • Dill Pickle Chips (optional)
  • 8 Joseph's Pita Bread

Instructions

  1. Brown the ground beef in a large skillet and mince to fully cook before stirring in the ketchup and mustard. Set aside.
  2. Place the pitas on a large skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. Add an ounce of shredded cheddar to each pita. Add the cooked ground beef and pickles to one side before flipping the other side over and pressing down to seal. Cook until golden brown on both sides.

Notes

  • Each quesadilla has 6 Smart Points.
  • Using fat-free cheddar would reduce the fat and calories. The cheese is there to melt and hold the quesadilla together. So, if you wanted to reduce the amount, just be sure to portion most of the cheddar around the edges.
  • The Joseph's pitas are some of the most macro friendly options you'll find, but you can use any tortilla or flatbread you'd like.
  • For more burger sauce options, check out my healthier copycat recipes for In-N-Out Double-Doubles and Shake Shack SmokeShack.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 Quesadilla
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 245Total Fat: 13gCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 24g

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Adria

Sunday 25th of April 2021

Around how much meat do you put in the tortillas?

Chandler

Wednesday 27th of January 2021

Hey, is the protein count on this recipe correct? From my own calculations, with 1.5 oz of beef, 1/8 cup of cheddar, and a tortilla, each quesadilla only comes out to around 21 grams of protein, not 31. Am I missing something here?

Sam Hinton

Wednesday 27th of November 2019

Such a quick meal to have for lunch or dinner. I’ve made these with all kinds of toppings. Quick tip: if you have left over cheeseburger bites(another of masons recipes), you can use that as the meat for these! So good

Lynley

Tuesday 26th of November 2019

I got hooked on these after I fell in love with the cheeseburger bites! I also add slices of tomato to mine (after it's cooked) and it is absolutely delicious!!

Jessica Vasseur

Sunday 24th of November 2019

This is one of my favorite lunches! Satisfies the burger craving and easy to make!

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