The World’s Best Kitchen Gadget - Quesadilla Makers and Quesadilla Recipes

Grilled Cheese Sandwich With Ham

Grilled cheese sandwich in a cast iron skillet with ham
Grilled cheese sandwich in a cast iron skillet with ham | Source

Buy a Quesadilla Maker

If you are not familiar with quesadilla makers, then click on over to Amazon.com or even eBay and find the world's best kitchen gadget. I heartily recommend the Oster Quesadilla Maker and I have used mine for about 3 years trouble free.

Depending on the size of your kitchen, you can choose small, medium or large sizes. The small one is excellent for a dorm room if you are sending someone off to college. They come with recipe books and you can easily make your own recipes. No need for a toaster either because it only takes a moment or two to make toast in a quesadilla maker.

If you have a large family and want to make several sandwiches at once, you may want to check out a double sided grill plate. These will be even more versatile and may take the place of your skillets entirely.

How to use a quesadilla maker

Of all the kitchen gadgets, utensils and plug in cookers, the quesadilla maker is my very favorite. It takes up only a small amount of counter space and can be used for a wide variety of instant favorites.

The ubiquitous quesadilla maker makes fabulous quesadillas, of course, but did you know that it also makes incredible crepes, pancakes, grilled cheese sandwiches, french toast and burgers? After you practice making some of the available recipes for this handy kitchen helper, you will want to buy two of them!

You will no longer be perplexed by wondering if it is time to turn the pancakes or crepes. All you have to do is pour the batter on one side and close the lid. Two sided cooking ensues. Set a timer for two or three minutes and voilá, your perfect crepe or pancake pops right out.

Toasting a burger bun or two is child's play. Making great quesadillas takes as little as five minutes. Heating up sausage patties or hamburger patties is simple. You can even cook an egg in these handy dandy appliances. French toast is a breeze. Try Bob's Grilled Cheese quesadilla recipe or mix up just about anything for a tasty grilled cheese sandwich.

Great Quesadillas!

Quesadilla makers make wonderful quesadilla recipes!
Quesadilla makers make wonderful quesadilla recipes! | Source

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3.8 stars from 4 ratings of Quesadilla Makers

Bob's Grilled Cheese Sandwich (The one in the video)

Bob declared this concoction to be the best grilled cheese ever. Bob is a meat lover, cheese lover and can't get enough of mushrooms and garlic. He also likes a little spice, hence the Pace® Picante Sauce.

This recipe works equally well with bread or flour tortillas. The meat is from a beef sausage ring that he cut up and microwaved to make sure it was germ free.

Also, in the video, I say to set a timer for four minutes. Yikes! It only takes about one minute. Don't forget to lift the lid and check on your items after about a minute or so. With frequent use, you will know how long to cook things. Temperatures and cook times can vary.

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 2 min
Ready in: 7 min
Yields: One of Bob's Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Ingredients for Bob's Grilled Cheese Special Quesadilla Maker Recipe

  • A half cup or so of beef sausage link, chopped
  • Some sliced mushrooms
  • Some chopped garlic
  • Some picante sauce, to taste
  • A half cup or so of cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 pieces bread or flour tortillas

Instructions for Quesadilla Maker Grilled Cheese Recipe

  1. Follow the instructions on your quesadilla maker to get it ready for cooking. You may have to "season" the plates to make sure they are non-stick. All that means is that you may have to rub a bit of oil on the plates before using.
  2. Follow the instructions in the video to melt butter, apply it to the bread, add the cheese, meat mixture and more cheese. Close the lid on the quesadilla maker and cook for one to one and a half minutes. Check for browning. Serve hot!

Bob's Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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How to Make Crepes

Crepes seem to be the latest food fad. Here's the secret to making crepes - It is a very thin pancake! Any pancake batter can be used either as a pancake or just by thinning the batter, as a crepe recipe.

A quesadilla maker makes perfect pancakes or crepes without having to flip the half done batter. Since getting my pancake maker, I have had no need to make pancakes in a skillet or griddle. I just heat up the quesadilla maker, pour in about a half cup of pancake batter (for a thick pancake) and wait about 3 minutes for a sumptuous breakfast treat.

Crepes are made exactly the same way with thinner batter and a shorter cook time. Crepes or pancakes can be filled with anything you like and rolled up for an elegant brunch recipe or a dessert recipe.

© 2012 Austinstar

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Wesman Todd Shaw profile image

Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

VERY COOL!!!!!!!!!!!

SOAK UP THAT BUTTER HECK YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh how I love Tex Mex and authentic Mexican food!!!!!!!!!!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Hey word! I want one! I didn't know tou could make crepes in it?! Well smack me silly and give me a quarter! Ha! I have to have one!


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

You'll need a BIG one for your family! LOL

Yes, Wes - I do love to soak up the butter - Paula Deen has nothing on me :-)


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EuroCafeAuLait 4 years ago from Croatia, Europe

Mmm, that looks both good to eat and easy to make. Sure do miss Mexican food. Great job on the video. Lucky Bob! (YUM!!)


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

OOh, it seems like you might be able to use a quesadilla maker to make tortillas and sopas, too. MMMM. This looks great! I had no idea that quesadilla makers were so versatile! Now, I REALLY want one! I'm glad they're not expensive! That's my next gift to myself. Thanks for sharing. :)


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

Looks like Texas is known for its Mexican food. And I agree! But my favorite thing to make is pancakes or crepes! Simple, simple, simple. I guess you could make a mexican food stuffed crepe :-)


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

Yep, you can use these little beauties for so many things. Fast food at home!


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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

Shucks, Austinstar. I didn't even know quesadilla makers EXISTED!


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

And I can't live without mine!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Voted up and useful, so many uses. This is a great subject filled with great information. Thanks for writing about this.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

The sandwich looked so good. My husband and I were sitting here watching you make it. He said he wouldn't mind one of those. Great job on your hub voted up.


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

Even a simple cheese only sandwich tastes great cooked this way. But I love the pancakes!


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cfin 4 years ago from The World we live in

I love quesadilla's. And yes I agree that cooking even a cheese sandwich, maybe with some ragu sauce, in this way, makes a heck of a difference.


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

Excellent video. Any recipe that calls for butter is going to get my attention. I use to own a double sided griddle, but it broke, so now I think I'll replace it with a quesadilla maker.


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

I think the smallness of the quesadilla maker gives it an edge over the larger griddles. It's just easier to use and clean.

Hmmm, Ragu sauce on a cheese sandwich - that sounds good!


Arlene V. Poma 4 years ago

I didn't realize you could make so many dishes with this gadget of yours. I have been on a Monte Cristo sandwich kick lately. Oh, why should I lie? I have been on a Monte Cristo sandwich kick all of my life! UP+++ and everything else. I will probably end up buying one. It shows that they do come in red . . .


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

Oh hey! I forgot about French Toast! Quesadilla makers make excellent french toast too!


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Julie DeNeen 4 years ago from Clinton CT

Cool! I never knew about this. I loved the video! Nice job :)


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Hi Austinstar-great first recipe video. I had NO idea that a quesadilla maker did all of those other things. I love crepes and would love to be able to make homemade ones. Looks like that is going on my 'Santa' list, haha.

Rated up/U/I They don't have a button yet for 'yummy'


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

I guess I need to do a video on crepes. Everyone is saying they love them!


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donmanual 4 years ago from Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Great gadget! I've never seen it in Mexico. :)


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FreezeFrame34 4 years ago from Charleston SC

I love quesadillas! I never realized you could do so much with them. I'll have to get one and experiment. I love the loaded grilled cheese!


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

donmaual - Does Amazon ship to Playa? perhaps you could order one and eat quesadillas while teaching. Do you speak Mayan?

Hi FreezeFrame - Bob loves the sandwich too. He made another one last night. Shoulda filmed him making it!


summerberrie 4 years ago

Loved your demonstration! Bob's Grilled Cheese is a perfect Tex Mex Meal!


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

I still haven't figured out what is "Tex mex" about this sandwich. Bob is from Massachusetts and the only thing Tex Mex would be the Pace Picante Sauce.

But that is inspiring me to actually make some Tex Mex food in a quesadilla maker!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

actually, I have been thinking of purchasing this gadget 'cause we have lots of flat breads (wheat dough)in our daily diet. I usually have to make a dough, roll into flat round circles and bake it individually on the stove. very tedious esp after a long day...thanks for re-affirming my idea :)

many votes as useful and interesting and sharing it across


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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

Well, I have to say quesadillas are right up there with Tex-Mex foods in my book, and it's great to know you can use one of those gadgets for other things! Thanks for the ideas here!


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

It's a great addition to your kitchen Ruchira. Perfect for round flat breads. You'll cut your cooking time in half.

Quesadillas may be more Tex than Mex. I've never seen them in Mexico.


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada

AustinStar, you are making me hungry!! Quesadillas have to be on my top ten list of best foods. I did not even know there were machines that made them. Sounds like a very handy appliance.

When I was teaching Home Economics, our students made quesadillas for the little graduation party we had. They were very delicious but a nice little machine would have saved some time. Great hub!


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

I made grilled cheese sandwiches this week and next week i am planning on making some french toast with my little kitchen gadget.


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Pcunix 3 years ago from SE MA

Never thought of this for pancakes. I think I see one in our future :-)


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Austinstar 3 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

You won't regret it.

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