These Big mac Quesadillas are not just an average quesadilla, they’re cheesy, stacked with flavor, and a signature big mac sauce. Enjoy this tasty appetizer at game days or movie nights along with your favorite drink!

Big Mac Quesadillas are a tasty appetizer inspired by the famous fast food burger. The quesadilla recipe uses flour tortillas instead of buns and is filled with a delicious mixture of ground beef.

To complete this dish, the quesadillas are served with pickles, onions, lettuce, and a special big mac sauce!

Some of our other favorite Mexican-American dishes include Ground Turkey Quesadillas, Choripollo, and Baked Chipotle Enchiladas.

Why this recipe works

  • It’s easy to make: you don’t have to assemble a burger, just put together the cooked and fresh ingredients onto the tortillas then fold it over. A quick toast on each side and your big mac quesadillas are ready.
  • The quesadillas are tasty: the melty cheese with ground beef then the big mac special sauce, is mouthwatering.
  • It is a family favorite: Everyone will love it because it will satisfy your big mac craving without leaving the house or ordering in.

Try also our super fun recipe for Big Mac Tacos!

Ingredients

*Detailed measurements are found at the bottom of this post in the recipe card*

  • Flour tortillas: Use medium-sized or small depending on your preference. Bear in mind you will cut it into halves.
  • Ground beef: I use lean ground beef, but feel free to use any type you prefer.
  • Cheese: American cheese is the best option for a Big Mac authentic taste but you are welcome to use any type of cheese. You will also need shredded melty cheese like Monterey Jack or Mozzarella.
  • Lettuce & onion: Shredded lettuce and diced onions for a crunchy sensation on these Big Mac quesadillas. You can use white or yellow onions, as per the lettuce, the Iceberg type is recommended.
  • Olive oil: You will need oil to saute the ground and also toast the tortillas. You can substitute it with butter if you prefer. 
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

The ingredients for the special Big Mac sauce are quite simple and easy to put together. You will need mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, pickle relish, apple cider vinegar, garlic & onion powder, and salt.

How To Make Big Mac Quesadillas

Place all ingredients for the special sauce in a medium bowl and mix well to combine. Adjust seasoning to taste and transfer the sauce to a serving bowl or a squeeze bottle. Set aside until needed.

Copycat big mac special sauce on a bowl.

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.

Add ground beef, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook breaking the meat with a spoon until the beef is nicely cooked through (about 10 minutes). Turn off the heat.

Copycat Big mac hamburger meat cooked in a skillet.

TOP TIP: Cover the pan to keep the hamburger meat moist and juicy!

Now, heat a bit of oil in a skillet over medium heat.

Add one tortilla and place 1 slice of American cheese, followed by some shredded cheese, and then with some cooked hamburger meat.

Open quesadilla with cheese and hamburger meat on a griddle.

Sprinkle some diced onions, and drizzle with the special sauce. Follow with more shredded cheese on top and 1 more slice of American cheese.

Added more American and melty cheese to the tortilla.

Use a spatula to fold the tortilla into a half-moon and cook until nicely crispy on both sides (about 1 minute per side).

Gooey and super cheesy big mac quesadilla fully cooked on a griddle.

Repeat with the remaining tortillas and ingredients to make 3 more quesadillas.

Slice each big mac quesadilla into 2 triangles and serve with some lettuce, pickles, and more sauce on the side.

Expert tips & notes

  • Be careful not to burn the tortillas. Cook each side for up to 1 or 2 minutes until golden brown or just enough for the cheese to melt 
  • If you are making this quesadilla recipe for a crowd then you can use the oven instead, this way you will make more in one go.
  • Make the special sauce ahead of time for more enhanced flavor.
  • For a Mexican twist, add some pickled jalapeños to the big mac sauce, it adds a nice mild-spicy kick!
  • Make a fulfilling meal by pairing those quesadilla with this bean soup.
Close-up on a cheesy, gooey big mac quesadilla in a plate.

Storage & reheating tips

  • In case you have any leftovers, wrap the quesadilla with cling film or put them in an air-tight container and they will stay in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • To reheat, you can use a preheated oven, a pan on medium heat, or an air fryer. Reheating in the air fryer will restore the crunchiness of the tortillas.
  • You can prep big mac quesadillas ahead of time by cooking the ground beef and storing it in an airtight container and then in the fridge. The special sauce as well, then assemble together when needed.

FAQ

Why are my quesadillas not crunchy?

It could be that you are putting too much fat on the pan, you need just enough to coat the bottom of the pan.

Should quesadillas be crunchy or soft?

When they are hot from the pan, the quesadillas tend to be crunchy but when they cool down they become gooey.

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Big Mac quesadillas recipe.

Big Mac Quesadillas

4 quesadillas
These Big mac Quesadillas are not just an average quesadilla , they're cheesy, stacked with flavor and a signature big mac sauce.
prep 20 minutes
cook 20 minutes
total 40 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 4 medium flour tortillas (or 8 small)
  • ½ lb lean ground beef
  • 8 slices American cheese
  • 1 cup shredded melty cheese
  • ½ cup onion (diced)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil (+ more for cooking quesadillas)
  • 1 ½ cup lettuce (chopped)
  • salt and pepper (to taste)

For the special sauce:

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp mustard
  • 1 Tbsp pickle relish
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • salt (to taste)

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl combine all ingredients for the sauce together, adjust the seasoning to taste, and transfer the sauce to a bowl. Set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Add ground beef, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook breaking the meat with a spoon until the beef is nicely cooked through. Keep it warm until needed.
  • Heat a bit of oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Add a tortilla and place 1 slice of American cheese, follow with some shredded cheese, and then with a spoonful of cooked hamburger meat.
  • Sprinkle some diced onions, and add the special sauce. Follow with more shredded cheese and 1 more slice of American cheese.
  • Fold the tortilla in half and cook until nicely crispy on both sides (about 1 minute per side).
  • Repeat with the remaining tortillas and ingredients to make 3 more quesadillas.
  • Slice each quesadilla into 2 triangles and serve with some lettuce, pickles, and more sauce on the side.

Notes

  • Be careful not to burn the tortillas. Cook each side for up to 1 or 2 minutes until golden brown or just enough for the cheese to melt 
  • If you are making these beef quesadillas for a crowd then you can use the oven instead, this way you will make more in one go.
  • Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days nicely wrapped with cling film and placed in an airtight container.
  • Nutrition info doesn’t include the special sauce.
Nutrition Information
Serving: 1 quesadilla | Calories: 483kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 99mg | Sodium: 1285mg | Potassium: 378mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 722IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 639mg | Iron: 3mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I made this recipe with the leftovers of your big mac tacos lol but I think I added too much meat because my quesadilla fell apart when I tried to fold it, so I ended making it with two tortillas, one over the other lol and it was perfect!