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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 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. 

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.

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.
  • 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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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!

Kellie Finnegan

Sunday 24th of November 2019

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.