Turkey Burger Quesadillas — My Family F***ing Loved These

I tried another Skinnytaste recipe.

Sort of.

I adapted the Skinny Buffalo Burger Quesadilla from skinnytaste.com.

And my family fucking loved them.

I am obligated to use the f-word when talking about them.

That’s how much they liked them.

And they are so simple!

So on skinnytaste.com, the photo of the burger looks like this:

And she makes her burger quesadillas with buffalo meat and whole wheat tortillas. She also gets small tortillas and trims them to size for each burger.

So I had to make a few changes, because 1) I don’t buy buffalo meat, 2) I was only going to Costco and they don’t have whole wheat tortillas there, 3) ain’t nobody got time to trim tortillas, and I’m not going to throw away perfectly good tortilla parts for no good reason.

SO, here’s what I did…

First,you only need the following four ingredients (salt and pepper don’t count as an ingredient):

  • Pico de Gallo (which is fancy for salsa, and they have a really awesome one at Costco)

(Here it is, and I don’t buy it because it’s organic, I buy it because it’s SO GOOD):


  • 2-3 cups shredded cheese (I used Kirkland shredded Mexican)
  • 1 lb ground turkey (sold in a 4-pack at Costco)
  • tortillas (you can get a big ass bag of these at Costco for $3.99, and they keep well but if you don’t use them all you can always freeze them)
  • salt and pepper

Before I go any further, I made these for dinner on Wednesday. I only have my phone to take pictures, and I have to take them in a small window of time (at this time of year in February, it’s about 4:40-5:00) when the light in my kitchen is the best, because when I use the flash on my phone or have to turn the lights on in the kitchen, the pictures suck.

During my small window of time, Number 6 was outside playing, fell, got his pants soaked and came inside in meltdown mode because he needed to change.

Number 3 was super sick with bronchitis and strep, had a massive coughing attack that took him by surprise, and he puked on the couch.

And then the electrician unexpectedly showed up at the house out of nowhere (my husband had arranged for him to come, but forgot to tell me), and I’ve been waiting for months for him to come so I  had to stop and show him what I needed him to work on.

So my point here is that I missed my photo window of opportunity, and the pictures suck.

But I’m telling you, this meal was a massive hit.


Someday I’ll redo this post with better pictures. Until then I wanted to get it written before time got away from me, and also because my family loved it so much it’s for sure going in the meal plan rotation, and I am certain this is a recipe your family will love, too, whether you make my revised version or Skinnytaste’s original one.

So here’s what I did.

I cut four tortillas into quarters. That way nothing went to waste.

Next, I seasoned the ground turkey with salt and pepper and made small, thin patties.

(I told you the pictures were terrible).

The Skinnytaste recipe tells you to cook all the burgers and then wash the pan out and use it again to assemble the quesadillas. But I was kind of in a rush because I had to get to swim practice, so while the burgers were cooking in one pan, I made quesadillas in another.

Next, spray a pan heated to low/medium with nonstick spray, then put a quarter tortilla in. Put 1-2 tablespoons of cheese on the tortilla, then 1-2 teaspoons of pico de gallo, then a cooked burger, then 1-2 tbsp more cheese on top, followed by another tortilla.

Gina tells you to put more pico de gallo on top of the burger, but I didn’t because I didn’t know if the kids would eat them if they had too much salsa on them.

Cook 1-2 minutes on one side and then flip.

Depending on how big your pan is, you could make more than one quesadilla at a time.

And that’s it!

The finished product looked like this:

Here’s what the family said:

Number 2: Those are really good.

Number 3 (only got one little quesadilla because he fell asleep in his bed and I didn’t want to wake him up because he was sick): MOM! NO FAIR! Those were so good and I only got one.


Number 5: Mommy, I don’t like these… I LOVE THEM.

Number 6: Refused to take a bit because he saw green things in them.

Number 7: Declined to comment but wolfed down two.

I served these with tossed salad. They were delicious.

I made a double batch for the eight of us and they were gone immediately. Next time I’ll make quadruple and freeze them, or at least cook the burgers and freeze those so I only have to assemble the quesadillas.

Highly recommended!!!!


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1 reply
  1. Pruett Cunningham
    Pruett Cunningham says:

    I’ve been meaning to thank you for this recipe! I’ve adapted it a little but never would have thought of it without seeing it on your blog. I add a packet of low sodium taco seasoning to a lb of ground chicken. I slice the burgers (if I have time during the day I do this ahead of time) and then make quesadillas with the slices, salsa and cheese. They are delicious and I can make them low carb for my type 1 diabetic teen. He even eats the cold for lunch. Thanks again!


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