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Smash Burger Quesadillas Recipe

Why It Works

  • In contrast to a smashed taco, the place the meat is charred solely on one facet, the meat within the quesadilla is charred on each side, delivering a meatier taste and crispier texture. 
  • Including cheese to each side of the patty supplies the “glue” that holds the quesadilla collectively.
  • Utilizing two bigger tortillas as a substitute of 1 eliminates the necessity to fold the tortilla over onto itself, permitting the quesadilla to crisp up with out cracking. 

For those who spend time scrolling by social media, the viral smashed burger taco has most likely inundated your feed. It is a taco created by inserting a tortilla on prime of a ball of floor beef and smashing it on a smoking-hot griddle or pan. As an alternative of Tex-Mex-style taco seasonings, this taco-burger hybrid is seasoned and topped like a quick meals burger. It has varied iterations, however the present social media darling is the Huge Mac Smash Taco—a smash taco topped with particular sauce, lettuce, cheese (you understand how the track goes), that appears to be tapping right into a need for novel takes on nostalgic meals. And who would not have fond Pleased Meal recollections?

I relished leaping onto this burger-taco bandwagon and making tons of smashed tacos to create my good model. First, I tackled the sauce. I began with a model of In-N-Out’s spread; it is my choice, and since their burger is a smash burger (in contrast to Micky D’s), it is sensible. By all means, riff. After a couple of bites, I added a bit scorching sauce. (I additionally tried a model utilizing gochujang as a substitute of ketchup within the sauce; it supplies a pleasant stability of sweetness and warmth however strayed from the traditional taste.) 

Severe Eats / Kelli Solomon


Subsequent, I tackled the meat. Initially, I used an excessive amount of floor beef and cooked it in method an excessive amount of oil—the splatter was unreal. I over-adjusted, and the meat shrinkage was excessive, solely masking a part of the tortilla as soon as cooked and making for a really unhappy taco. Whereas the smash tacos I made that replicated those I’d seen on-line hit all the correct taste notes, the meat wasn’t as pleasantly charred or crispy because it may very well be. Browning the meat on only one facet was simply not optimum. Charring each side utilizing the smashed burger methodology improved the end result by offering a crispier texture and making the cheese soften virtually immediately on contact.

I attempted a couple of different much less profitable changes. I attempted a corn tortilla as a result of I often favor them over flour, and I tried to swap out the traditional American cheese with slices of cheddar as a result of I often keep away from processed cheese just like the plague (gasp). Nevertheless, I used to be unsuitable on each accounts. This recipe labored greatest with the sturdier flour tortillas as a result of the corn tortillas tended to get a bit soggy. Andno one likes half-melted cheddar, so I extremely suggest sticking with the melty American cheese.

There was room to maneuver when it got here to proportions. Do it’s essential to use 5-inch tortillas for this dish? No, under no circumstances. It is too small, and the entire creation was simply too sloppy (My pickle slipped out and fell on the ground after my first chunk). Utilizing five-ounce balls of floor beef was good for an eight-inch tortilla. Nevertheless, it was troublesome to fold over after including the meat, cheese, onions, and pickles. Even once I did not overcook the tortilla, it cracked. The answer was to not fold the tortilla over however so as to add a second one. I not wanted to fret a few torn tortilla with the filling falling out. The additional tortilla supplied the extra actual property wanted for all of the crispy meat, melty cheese, and crunchy toppings. And thus our smash burger taco graduated right into a quesadilla, which proved to be a smashing success.

Severe Eats / Kelli Solomon


Keys to Smash Quesadilla Success

  • You do not have to grind your personal meat (until you need to), however be sure you’re getting the correct mix. Fats is your pal, so goal for a floor beef with at the very least a 20% fats to lean ratio. Chuck is a superb possibility as a result of it is inexpensive and has stability of fats and meat, so it can keep juicy even when seared previous medium as is the case right here.
  • Whether or not you are utilizing forged iron, a stainless-steel skillet, or perhaps a griddle, it’s completely important to get your vessel smoking scorching to get sear on the meat. Activate the fan and open the home windows if it’s essential to. 
  • Neglect what you already know about cooking common burgers; smash burgers are a distinct breed. It’s the brown, crispy bits produced by the Maillard response that make them style unbelievable. Familiarize your self with the smashed burgers technique, because it’s employed in my smash burger quesadilla. 

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