This is a big week for dads, but it’s an even bigger week for my dad.  His birthday was Tuesday , and as you all know, Sunday is Father’s day.  Birthday-Father’s-Week has so far included an “outdoor party kit” complete with a beanbag game and an assortment of his favorite beverages and snacks, a dinner out, a bowling party tonight, and I’m sure some sort of Dad Dinner this weekend.

It’s a big week.

If you are in the process of planning a Dad Dinner as well, and aren’t sure what to make, you should give these burgers a try.  They’re really simple, can be made either inside on the stove or outside on the grill if you live in a place where Summer is actually happening.  Best of all, though, they include one of my favorite flavors of summer: avocado and plenty of it.

With all the crispy cheesiness of a quesadilla and the meaty heft of a burger, this cantina-meets-barbecue dish is perfect for Dad.  Give the regular burger bun a kick to the curb.

Start with your burger meat.  Lean ground beef gets gussied up with all kinds of Mexican spices.

Mix your favorite taco seasoning blend, minced garlic, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt and pepper together gently, then form your patties.  I wanted mine pretty thin but you can make them thicker, wider,  smaller–however you want.

This step can be done a couple of hours in advance.  Just keep the formed patties in the refrigerator, covered, until you are ready to cook (or grill!)  When ready, heat your grill, or pan, over medium heat.  Cook the burgers a couple of minutes on each side, or more depending on their thickness and how you like your burger cooked.  Get a good sear on each side, then transfer to a plate.

 

Wipe most of the grease out of the pan and spray it with cooking spray.  Now it’s time to build your burger.  Cut a tortilla in half (or use a whole one if you have regular sized tortillas.  Mine were the “burrito size” and were way to big).  Add sour cream all over…

 

…then add your burger…

 

Then top with plenty of cheese, some guacamole, sliced onion, and cilantro.  Other toppings could include pico de gallo, pickled jalapenos, fresh sliced tomatoes, and any combination of hot sauce.

Flip the other side of the tortilla over on the burger and add it to the hot pan.  Let the tortilla toast on one side until golden brown, then flip it over and continue.  Lower the heat if necessary–you want the cheese to have a chance to get nice and melty on the inside.

Once everything is melted and toasty, serve on plates with some tortilla chips, and because I can’t help myself, more guacamole.

 

This meal combines the best part of a taco, a quesadilla, and a cheeseburger.  The meat is nice and seasoned like taco meat but has that nice char of a perfectly seared burger.  The crunch of the toasted tortilla adds to the flavor but doesn’t take away from the goodness inside.

 

It’s a perfect, easy meal for a Father’s day cook out.  Do me a favor: sit outside and do everything on the grill.  I’m sure where you are it feels like Summer, and you should take advantage of that.  Happy Father’s day, dads!

 

 

Here’s the recipe!

 

Crispy Quesadilla Burgers

 

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Tortillas
  • Toppings:
    • Sour Cream
    • Guacamole
    • Shredded cheese
    • Sliced onions
    • Sliced tomatoes
    • Pickled Jalapenos
    • Pico de Gallo
    • Any combination of the above!

Method

  1. In a medium bowl, gently mix together the ground beef, taco seasoning, garlic, cumin, cayenne, salt and pepper.  Do not over mix or your burgers will be tough!  Form the burgers into thin patties (or however you like your burgers…for this I wanted them thin because they were going inside a tortilla)
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat.  Spray some cooking spray then add burgers, cooking for about 3 minutes on each side (for thinner patties).  Make sure the heat is high enough to get a good sear on each side.  Transfer cooked burgers to a plate.  Wipe most of the grease out of the pan and then spray with a little more cooking spray.
  3. Assemble your burger: Cut a tortilla to size then add sour cream.  Add the burger and top with your desired toppings.  Fold the tortilla over (or top with another, small tortilla).  Cook the entire thing in the pan on one side for about 2-3 minutes, until it is very crispy and golden brown.  Carefully flip the burger and toast the other side.  Lower the heat if necessary so the cheese inside gets nice and melty.
  4. Serve immediately with corn chips and extra guacamole!  Homemade salsa never hurts either.

*All of this can be done on the grill, adjusting the heat so the tortilla doesn’t burn!  Grill marks would be gorgeous!