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Quesadilla Cheddar Burgers

Quesadilla Cheddar Burger

Turns out you don’t need a burger bun to make spring grilling happen. Learned that when I was craving a hamburger, but didn’t want to go to the supermarket to pick up any hamburger buns. Instead, as I was looking through the fridge, I found a plethora of flour tortillas. Not surprising, since I probably eat about 2 or 3 Mexican-inspired dishes a week. Plus, they seem to last longer than a loaf of bread.

But anyway, I decided the best answer to my craving was a taco-like burger on a tortilla. So I mixed some spices, diced onions, and green peppers into some ground beef, cooked up a patty, and then melted it with some cheese between two tortillas. Yum! I might just have to find a way to make mini versions of these Quesadilla Cheddar Burgers for a summer party!

Quesadilla Cheddar Burger

Gather
1/2 pound of ground beef
1/4 of a sweet onion, diced
1/4 of a green pepper, diced
1/4 tsp of black pepper
1/2 tsp of cumin
1/4 tsp of garlic powder
1/2 tsp of chili powder
4 small-sized flour tortillas
1/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
1 Roma tomato, diced

Mix ground beef, spices, diced onions, and diced green peppers. Form meat into two patties, making them almost the circumference of the small flour tortillas. Place on the grill or in a heated saucepan and cook on both sides until cooked through (or however you enjoy your burger). Remove and let rest for 4 minutes.

On a flour tortilla, place a sprinkling of cheese and diced tomatoes. Top with burger. Add more cheese and another flour tortilla. Add to medium-high heated pan or grill and cool on one side until tortilla is golden brown and cheese had started to melt. Flip. Cook the other side until  golden brown and cheese has melted. Remove from heat and let rest.

Make a second burger in the same fashion.

Serve and enjoy! Goes really well with a side of guacamole, too! Or fresh salsa!

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Spicy Inside Out Cheese Burger

Spicy inside out cheese burger, you are one of my favorite things. And so easy to make. Sometimes I just get inspired to actually cook something that might be filling. Not possibly good for me, but yummy either way. So I grabbed from the fridge some ground beef and a block of jalapeno cheddar cheese (Cracker Barrel). I also located the last of the fresh salsa that I made earlier in the day (tomatoes, green pepper, and onion) and some bread.

Mixed some garlic powder, fresh ground black pepper, and cayenne pepper in the meat, then made two patties and placed some diced cheddar in the middle.

Pressed those patties together and used my one egg frying pan. You remember the little gem that I used for making my breakfast egg wrap? Yup, that is the perfect size for making burgers.

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Delicious Black Bean Burgers

The other day I was hanging out with one of my friends and her response to what she wanted for dinner was, “black beans.” Yeah, not so thrilling. That was until we realized we could make black bean burgers, a feat that neither of us really thought we were capable of doing. It always seemed like one of those incredibly difficult things to do, putting together a bunch of non-meat items to create a healthy version of something. Oddly enough, we learned (via a quick Google search) that making black bean burgers was easy. Making a few little tweaks, this is what we came up with.

Black Bean Burgers

Supplies:
1 can of black beans
Half a green pepper, diced
Half a onion, diced
2 carrots
1/2 c. bread crumbs
1 egg
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tbsp cumin
1 Tbsp garlic powder

(The tomato and avocado were used for toppings on the Arnold’s flatbreads we used as bread.)

To start, we drained and rinsed the black beans. I then peeled the carrots, continuing to use the peeler to make long strips of the carrot. I then diced that a bit so they weren’t so long. Diced up the half a green pepper and half the onion. Then add the egg.

Threw all that in the bowl and then had my friend, Jess, mash up the black beans.

Smash, smash, smash… until….

whoops…..

Let’s just say she was pulled off her black bean smashing job. But she was almost done, so we just threw that into the bowl with the bread crumbs and seasonings. Mashed all that up by hand and formed it into patties, then put it into the frying pan with some olive oil.

Cooked on both sides for about five minutes a side, or until crispy.

I think at this point, we were drooling. I know mine almost didn’t make it to the bun. We ended up making six burgers with all of this, and if our calculations are correct (or nearly close), we think they’re under 100 calories each (before bun, avocado and the tomato). Anyone else who wants to do the math, let me know. I’d be thrilled to have a better estimate. And I might have to make these a few more times. Like a burger, but better! Yum!