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Copy Cat Applebee's Quesadilla Burger

This Tex Mex themed cheeseburger is served between two toasted golden brown flour tortillas with all the traditional toppings plus a generous drizzle of chipotle infused mayo. Lunch, dinner, game day- it's the perfect burger to fit any occasion.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Sandwich
Cuisine: American, Tex Mex
Servings: 2
Calories: 1207kcal


For The Burgers

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup white onion finely diced
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro leaves finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • salt & pepper to taste

For The Chipotle Mayonnaise

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1/8 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp half and half

For Assembling The Burgers

  • 4 small flour tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheeses
  • 1/2 cup pico de gallo drained
  • iceberg lettuce leaves roughly chopped


To Make The Burgers

  • In a large mixing bowl, add all of the burger ingredients. Using your hands, knead all of the ingredients together until the mixture's smooth & everything's evenly combined.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat with a little bit of oil in it.
  • Using your hands, for the seasoned ground beef mixture into two large patties. Try to get them wide and thick- they're going on tortillas as buns and beef shrinks as it cooks.
  • Cook the burgers in the skillet once the oil's hot. Flip them and cook as desired until the outsides are crisp and the inside is your preferred temperature.
  • Remove the cooked burgers from the skillet, transfer them to a plate, and set aside. You can pop the plate into the oven on the keep warm setting if needed to ensure they stay warm.

To Make The Chipotle Mayo

  • In a small bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients until smooth. Set the mixture aside.

To Assemble The Burgers

  • Drain the burger grease out of the skillet.
  • Add two flour tortillas to the pan over medium low heat, and cook just until the tortillas have begun to crisp and turned golden brown.
  • Using tongs, remove the tortillas from the skillet and transfer them to a paper towel lined plates to drain any excess grease.
  • Repeat for the remaining two tortillas.
  • Add one tortilla each to two plates. Top each tortilla with half of the cheese. Add a burger.
  • Divide the pico de gallo and lettuce out between the two burgers, topping them both evenly.
  • Next, add your desired amount of the chipotle mayonnaise to each burger. It is liquidy so I like to spoon it over top.
  • Top each burger with one of the remaining tortillas, serve & enjoy!


recipe adapted from Will Cook For Smiles


Calories: 1207kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 58g | Fat: 87g | Saturated Fat: 31g | Cholesterol: 226mg | Sodium: 1543mg | Potassium: 842mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 872IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 497mg | Iron: 7mg