Creating little spins on traditional dishes is so much fun. These Mexican Turkey Burger Quesadillas are fusion of two classics from the US and from Mexico.
I have made this RECIPE once before. But this time, I complimented the turkey burger quesadillas with, not only pickled onions, but with a corn salsa and a tomatillo salsa. For my regular readers, you know I love complimenting my main dishes with sauces and toppings. I do it because I like it so much. Besides the flavor and adds such good texture and good color.
My favorite traditional burger that I made in a MEXICAN style began by adding Mexican flavors into the raw patty. I finished it off with some guacamole, a Mexican flavored slaw and topped with a ancho barbecue sauce. I think this recipe is a good example of my cooking style. I try to infuse the theme of the dish throughout the cooking and with all the accouterments I use.
The dish comes together pretty easily. You need to break up the cooking process into pieces. The burgers are cooked separately to ensure they are fully cooked through. The burgers were actually baked in an oven. Can I even call them burgers then? To combine to make the quesadilla, the burger is place on top of a corn flour quesadilla topped with quesadilla melting cheese. Then, the burger is topped with another layer of cheese and a corn flour tortilla. It is grilled to perfection in a skillet to get a great melt on the cheese and browning of the tortilla.
The cast of characters for the burger.
The building of the burger.
The Mexican Turkey Burger Quesadillas Plated.
Mexican Turkey Burger Quesadillas
- 2 Lbs Ground Turkey
- 1 Whole Green Pepper diced
- 1 Whole Red Pepper diced
- 1 Bunch Cilantro rough chop
- 2 Tbsp Adobo Seasoning
- 2 Tbsp Lemon Pepper
- 2 Tsp Cumin
- 1/4 Cup Coconut Milk
- 12 Pieces Corn Flour Tortillas
- 8 Ounces Quesadilla Cheese sliced
- 2 Tbsp Corn Oil divided
Combine the first eight ingredients to make the burgers. Form into 6 fairly flat patties. Place on a baking sheet and bake in a 325 degree oven for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat a skillet on medium high heat. Take on tortilla and top with a few slices of the quesadilla cheese. Place in the skillet, top with the burger and then more cheese and the top tortilla. Cook 2 - 3 minutes per side to get a good browning on the tortilla. After flipping, if your cheese has not melted as much as you like, you should put a lid on the skillet.
Finish by repeating with the remaining ingredients.
Serve with a tomatillo sauce, pickled onions and a corn salsa.