Skinny Buffalo Burger Quesadilla

100% grass-fed buffalo burgers with melted cheddar jack cheese and pico de gallo wedged in between two whole wheat tortillas.

This was inspired by a lunch I had at Applebee’s, although this sandwich is far leaner! Sure, you can make this with lean beef, turkey or even use veggie burgers, but I wanted a fun way to introduce my first buffalo recipe on Skinnytaste.

Did you know that 100% grass-fed meat is leaner than grain-fed meat? The benefits of eating wild buffalo are that it’s hormone-free and antibiotic-free, it tastes just like beef only sweeter and it’s much leaner. Because the meat is so lean, you have to cook it for less time than you would a fattier ground beef burger or it will become dry and overcooked.

You can make the pico de gallo yourself, but I cheated and used a pre-made organic brand for convenience. Look for small fajita sized whole wheat tortillas, I used La Banderita which were 2 points plus for two tortillas and I actually took a scissor and trimmed it a bit smaller to fit my burger better, but that’s totally optional!

Skinny Buffalo Burger Quesadilla
Servings: 4 • Size: 1 grass fed burger • Points +: 8 pts* • Smart Points: 7
Calories: 316.3 • Fat: 13.8 g • Carb: 16.9 g • Fiber: 1 g • Protein: 33.8 g • Sugar: 0 g
Sodium: 525.4 mg (without salt)


  • 1 lb 100% lean grass-fed ground buffalo
  • 1 cup pico de gallo
  • 1 cup shredded reduced fat cheddar jack cheese (Sargento)
  • 8 small whole wheat flour tortillas, cut smaller if desired (La Banderita)
  • spray oil
  • salt and fresh pepper


Form 4 flat patties, as thin as you can. Season with salt and pepper. Heat a pan to medium-high heat; when hot, lightly spray the pan with oil and add the burgers. Cook burgers about 2 minutes on each side or to your liking. Set aside.

Clean the pan and heat on medium heat. Lightly spray with oil and place 4 tortillas on the pan (if your pan is small, you can do one at a time). Place 2 tbsp cheese on each tortilla, then 2 tbsp pico de gallo.

Top with buffalo burger, then remaining 2 tbsp pico de gallo and 2 tbsp cheese on each. Place the other tortilla on top; flip and cook until the cheese melts on the other side.

*Nutritional info for the buffalo is based on 4 oz raw 100% grass fed buffalo from the SDSU Analytical Labs and USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory. Calories: 146.2, Fat: 5.2 g, Protein: 23.7 g, Carbs: 0.9 g, Sodium: 75.4 mg