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.

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!

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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.

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  1. Form 4 flat patties, as thin as you can. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a pan to medium-high heat; when hot, lightly spray the pan with oil and add the burgers.
  3. Cook burgers about 2 minutes on each side or to your liking. Set aside.
  4. 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).
  5. Place 2 tbsp cheese on each tortilla, then 2 tbsp pico de gallo.
  6. Top with buffalo burger, then remaining 2 tbsp pico de gallo and 2 tbsp cheese on each.
  7. Place the other tortilla on top; flip and cook until the cheese melts on the other side.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 servings, Serving Size: 1 burger

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Freestyle Points: 7
  • Points +: 8
  • Calories: 316.5 calories
  • Total Fat: 14g
  • Saturated Fat: g
  • Cholesterol: mg
  • Sodium: 525.5mg
  • Carbohydrates: 17g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Protein: 34g
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*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