Remember when you were a kid and summer lasted forever. You could spend all day every day laying in the sun, running around in the grass and the worry of returning to busy school days never even bothered you. Now that I’m an adult and don’t get summers off, it seems to fly by. Food bloggers everywhere are bursting with fall flavors, hearty soups, and comforting meals getting ready for cold weather to sink in. And I am just as guilty as the rest, prepping some new posts and recipes for the site and some other add on holiday bonuses for my readers already. We won’t even mention that I am already thinking about Thanksgiving recipes and started holiday shopping. No we won’t go there…

So for those busy weeknights, now that the school year has started and families are back adjusting to the grind, I present a down and dirty, fat kid friendly, kid tested and busy mother approved recipe. (Ok, not really. There was no test group involved, but I sure as hell liked it.)



Quick Dinner Fixins’ Cheeseburger Quesadillas

from At Home with Gina C


  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1-2 teas sweet relish
  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1-2 teas hamburger seasonings of choice
  • salt and pepper
  • sliced American cheese
  • 3/4 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1/2 onion sliced
  • whole wheat flour tortillas


Mix together the mayo, ketchup, and sweet relish to taste in a resealable container; Set aside.
Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook ground beef, breaking into chunks, and season with salt, pepper and any other desired burger seasonings (I use McCormick Hamburger seasoning and Worcestershire sauce). Add the onions, cover, lower heat to medium, and cook 2-5 minutes longer until onions.
Wipe out skillet, or preheat quesadilla/panini press.
Place on tortilla on preheated quesadilla press. Layer lettuce, cheese, hamburger, onions over tortilla. Smear another tortilla with mayo mixture and top. Press lid closed and cook until cheese is melted and gooey.
Cut and serve.
*The original post uses already made leftover burgers.



  1. Yeah, I’m tracking with you on the fall thing. With the temps finally in the 50’s when I walk outside to let the chickens out, I’m ready. Bring on the sweaters, hot chocolate, boots and pumpkins. These look delicious and I am sure it would be kid approved in this house. She’d snarf down a half dozen. Come to think of it, so would I!

  2. Looks really yummy, BUT…I can’t wrap my head around hot, wilted lettuce!! My personal problem, I know. Maybe I’d peel it apart after it comes out and throw some crispy chopped lettuce in. Yeah, that’d work!!
    Thanks for the recipe!!

  3. mouthwatering…drool….:P

  4. I made this tonight. My family is vegetarian so I used Morningstar soy crumbles instead of hamburger meat, and I used dill relish instead of sweet just because I don’t like sweet pickles. Honestly, I could have cried this was so delicious, especially considering how easy it was. Served it with some tater tots. Super awesome. Thank you so much!

  5. This was FANTASTIC just like a burger wonderful we loved it

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