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 290 calories and 31 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. 


  • 2 Joseph's Pita Bread
  • 3 oz (cooked weight) Ground Beef, macros with 93/7
  • 1/4 C (28g) Shredded Cheddar
  • 2 Tbsp (34g) Reduced Sugar Ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp (15g) Mustard
  • 4 Dill Pickle Hamburger Chips


  1. Brown the ground beef in a large skillet.
  2. While the beef cooks, mix the ketchup and mustard in a small bowl and weigh/measure the shredded cheddar.
  3. Once the beef is cooked, mix 3 ounces with the ketchup and mustard mixture.
  4. Place two pitas on a large skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. Add 1/4th the shredded cheddar to each pita, only on one side. Top with beef, pickles, and the remaining cheddar.
  5. Toast the pita until it's golden brown before folding it in half and removing it from the heat.


  • 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.
  • Using a lower fat ground beef like 96/4 or even 99% lean ground turkey or chicken would also lower the fat and calories of each cheeseburger quesadilla. You could also drain and rinse the meat. It's difficult to track accurately but rinsing and draining have been shown to remove roughly half the fat during cooking. (I.e. 90/10 beef becomes more like 95/5.)
  • 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 the quesadilla shell. 

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Quesadillas Serving Size: 1 Quesadilla
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 290Total Fat: 15gCarbohydrates: 12.5gProtein: 31g

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20 thoughts on “Cheeseburger Quesadilla: A Quick and Easy, Low Calorie Recipe”

  • Hi Mason – am preparing this recipe right now and I can’t get the calories below 348 and I’m using LaTortilla lo carb tortillas (50 cal each) opposed to Joseph’s Pita…
    ground Beef…128 cal for 3 oz
    reduced fat cheddar cheese… 90 cal for 1/4 c
    no sugar ketchup…20 cal for 2T
    mustard…no calories
    dill pickles….10 cal for 4 slices

    • That seems accurate. The recipe’s macros are for 1 of 2 quesadillas. So the way I made it (with full fat cheddar and 93/7 ground beef) had a total of 580 calories. Both of yours would have 348 or 174 a piece (compared to 290 a piece). All good?

  • Quick, easy to make, and it has a pretty good taste! I opted for 95/5 ground turkey and used regular Heinz ketchup (I’m a sucker for it). Will definitely make again!

  • Tried this recipe a few times and flipping loved it! Been really missing certain foods while maintaining a deficit and things like this really help with satisfying cravings! 😁

  • These are my absolute favorites! Staple for work lunch – makes everybody jealous 😜
    Add in some egg for extra protons and I give it a little toast in the air fryer for some extra crispyness and a crunch
    Some guacamole goes a long way too 😍

  • Love this! It’s so easy and yummy. I actually used this and mixed it up and did a philly cheesesteak twist on it a few weeks ago. I come back to this a lot for dinner !

  • These were so easy and so dang good. I used the flat out wraps, and added turkey bacon and lettuce. So yummy! Even kids wouldnt know this was healthy 😉

  • I’m too lazy to drive out to the suburbs just for Joseph’s pita bread so I sub for Ole 50 cal tortillas. Easy, simple. with all the flavors to make me forget I’m counting my calories. Alwaaays pair with the crispiest potatoes you can make.

  • These quesadillas got me through an entire month of tracking macros. Had them for lunch every single day and never got sick of them. I prefer to dip them in even more ketchup and mustard and sometimes add red onion. Five billion stars for this one

  • These are so good! Mixing the condiments together is game changing. I like making these when I’m craving a burger, does the trick!

  • My husband and I are obsessed with this recipe. I have been using dill pickle relish because it’s a faster shortcut instead of chopping up dill pickles. And you can get a little bit of pickle in every bite! This is also a very fast and easy meal to keep on hand in the fridge. I keep a container of ground beef cooked and ready in the fridge and can make us a meal in about 7 minutes.

  • Great meal for busy days, usually always have these items on hand. One day I used trader joes Queso cheese from a can and it was equally delicious.

  • 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!!

  • 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

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