Easy Recipe: Quesadilla Burger with Sweet Corn Salsa

Thursday, May 22, 2014

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In preparation for Memorial Day, I've had burgers on my mind. What kind of burger haven't I tried making before? And what burger can I make without hamburger buns (so annoying for small parties, don't you agree? What do you do with the leftover buns)? I had recently picked up a bag of tortillas and everything clicked -- why, quesadilla burgers, of course!

I'm pretty sure I've been lured in by Applebee's quesadilla burger (maybe even more than once?), but seeing as I can't even say I have with confidence, I'm willing to bet that it wasn't that great. After perusing the internet for an easy yet promising recipe, I ended up adapting a Food Network recipe.

Quesadilla Burger and Sweet Corn Salsa

Yields: 4 burgers
Total Time: About an hour

Ingredients for the Burgers
1 pound of ground beef, preferably 80% lean/20% fat
2 tablespoons of cilantro, chopped
1/2 an onion, grated
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tablespoon of adobo sauce, or hot sauce (I used my all-time favorite, Cholula)
1/2 tablespoon of ground cumin
1 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
Cooking oil
Flour tortillas

Ingredients for the Salsa
1 ear of corn
1/2 a red onion, chopped
2 tablespoons of cilantro, chopped
1 teaspoon of ground cumin
A dash of hot sauce
A couple squeezes of lemon juice
Salt
Ground pepper
Cooking oil

Instructions
Mix together all the burger ingredients (the beef, 2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro, the grated onion, 2 cloves of minced garlic, 1 tablespoon of adobo sauce/hot sauce, 1/2 tablespoon of ground cumin, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper), just enough to combine. Shape into 4 burger patties and cover.

Heat a pan over medium-low heat, and add a tablespoon of cooking oil. Grilled the ear of corn on each side until grill marks appear. Remove from heat and allow to cool. 

In a small bowl, mix together the rest of the salsa ingredients (1/2 a chopped red onion, 2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro, 1 teaspoon of ground cumin, dash of hot sauce, lemon juice, a pinch each of salt and ground pepper ... I also added a handful of cherry tomatoes.) Cut the corn off the cob and mix into the rest of the salsa ingredients. Set aside.

Warm tortillas (either 1 or 2 per burger, depending on whether you'd like a "sandwich"-style burger or a "taco"-style burger) in a pan or warmer of choice. Set aside and grill the patties for about 5 minutes on each side, or until the juices run clear.

Remove from pan and set atop the tortillas. Add toppings of choice (cheese, guacamole/avocado, tomatoes, etc) and corn salsa and serve.

easy burger recipe quesadilla beef burger sweet corn salsa Memorial Day best burger burger taco
easy burger recipe quesadilla beef burger sweet corn salsa Memorial Day best burger burger taco
easy burger recipe quesadilla beef burger sweet corn salsa Memorial Day best burger burger taco
easy burger recipe quesadilla beef burger sweet corn salsa Memorial Day best burger burger taco
easy burger recipe quesadilla beef burger sweet corn salsa Memorial Day best burger burger taco

I absolutely loved the flavor of the burger. The cumin really gave it a nice earthy yet grilled flavor, and the cilantro gave it extra dimension. The corn salsa was the real treat, adding a sweetness to the burger. You can definitely substitute chicken or turkey for beef, of course. I started out making a taco-shaped burger, but then decided to cut it in half just before serving, for ease of eating. Highly recommended and I plan on making these again!

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