What’s better than a cheese quesadilla? What’s better than a Mexican Turkey Burger? How about a Turkey Burger Quesadillas by combining two favorites, two food staples. A GREAT TASTING recipe starts with great ingredients. This idea is such a good idea for entertaining. It is so fun. My wife I had the good fortune to have Mickie and Teddy visiting us – two old college friends in from out of town. We all sat in the kitchen drinking wine and beer while I put this dinner together.
In this case, we have not only great ingredients but awesome components. I believe there is very few foods as comforting as a cheese quesadilla. They go great with a margarita or sitting at a bar watching the game. Quesadillas are the perfect finger food. A turkey burger is one of my wife and my favorite comfort food dinners. I have made, and posted, plenty of Mexican Turkey Burgers.
Ground Turkey needs, and takes, on the Mexican spices so well. So much flavor can be imparted to the turkey and the robustness of Mexican spices is the perfect addition. My only challenge is to decide which of my Mexican spices to use. I have mentioned before that almost half of my spice cabinet is Mexican spices. OK, maybe it is only one-third. It is a lot.
Our Turkey Burger Cheese Quesadillas were so fun to put together. First, I spiced up my ground turkey to create the burger. At the same time, I had some red onions pickling in a base of red wine vinegar. I grilled the burgers on the outdoor grill to get that smoky flavor. After completed, I brought the burgers in to rest. Like steak, burgers will benefit from letting them rest for a minute or two so the juices redistribute in the meat. While the burgers were resting, I prepared the cheese quesadillas. The quesadilla would serve as the bun. I used the smaller sized tortillas which were perfect for the burger patties. I made the patties a little thinner and larger in diameter to fit the tortillas.
To finish the cooking and assembling, I topped two individual tortillas with plenty of Mexican Cheese. I added one tortilla to a hot skillet with oil. Then, I topped it with the burger and another cheese tortilla. I cooked and flipped the tortilla and had a nice crisp tortilla bun. This recipe was a WINNER!
The spices that are added to the ground turkey.
The spices and cilantro in the ground turkey before mixing.
The somewhat thin burger patty resting before cooking.
The Turkey Burger Cheese Quesadilla topped with pickled red onions and plated.
- 2 lbs. ground turkey
- 2 tablespoons Adobo seasoning
- 2 tablespoons
- 2 tablespoons New Mexican Chili Powder
- 1 tablespoon Smoked Spanish Paprika
- 2 tablespoons cilantro
- 16 tortillas
- 1 1/2 lbs quesadilla cheese
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 red onion sliced
- 3 - 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon vinegar
- Combine the onions, red wine vinegar, sugar and vinegar for at least 30 minutes.
- Set aside until ready to use.
- Combine the spices and cilantro with the ground turkey.
- Form into 6 thin patties.
- Heat the outdoor grill on medium heat.
- Cook the burgers 4 minutes per side.
- Let rest for 2 minutes.
- Heat the oil skillet on medium heat.
- Add a tortilla to the skillet and top with a good amount of cheese.
- Add one of the burgers and top with more cheese and the second tortilla.
- Cook until browned and the cheese is melted - about 3 minutes per side.
- Cook in batches - depending on the size of the skillet.
- Serve the burger topped with the pickled red onions and enjoy!