Are Quesadilla Makers the World’s Best Kitchen Gadget?

Updated on March 12, 2018
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Lela has owned a quesadilla maker for years and can't imagine her life without one.

Use flour or corn tortillas, stuff them with whatever you like, and cook for 2 to 4 minutes in a quesadilla maker. Don't forget the cheese!
Use flour or corn tortillas, stuff them with whatever you like, and cook for 2 to 4 minutes in a quesadilla maker. Don't forget the cheese! | Source

First Things First: Get 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 may want to buy two of them.

If you are not familiar with quesadilla makers, then go find one and invest in the world's best kitchen gadget. I heartily recommend the Oster Quesadilla Maker—I have used mine for about three years without any issues. It comes with recipe books that you can use as inspiration to dream up your own recipes. You won't even need a toaster because it only takes a moment or two to make toast in a quesadilla maker.

  • 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.
  • 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 Make Bob's Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Bob's Grilled Cheese Sandwich Tips

Bob declared this concoction to be the best grilled cheese ever. He's a meat and cheese lover, can't get enough of mushrooms and garlic, and 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 cooked through.
  • Also, in the video, I say to set a timer for four minutes. 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 serving

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup beef sausage link, chopped
  • Some sliced mushrooms
  • Some chopped garlic
  • Some picante sauce, to taste
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 bread slices or flour tortillas

Instructions

  1. Follow the instructions on your quesadilla maker to get it ready for cooking. You may have to rub a bit of oil on the plates before using.
  2. Follow the instructions in the video. Melt butter and apply it to the bread.
  3. Add the cheese, meat mixture, and more cheese.
  4. Close the lid on the quesadilla maker and cook for one to one and a half minutes. Check for browning. Serve hot.
Pancakes look and taste the same from a quesadilla maker as they do from a pan, they just take half the time.
Pancakes look and taste the same from a quesadilla maker as they do from a pan, they just take half the time. | Source

How to Make Pancakes

Any recipe for pancakes or crepes will work. A quesadilla maker simply cooks both sides at once. The liquid recipe or box mix from a store works just as well as any homemade recipe.

  • Using a quesadilla maker takes half the cooking time (no need to flip and cook the other side).
  • Just heat up the quesadilla maker, pour in about a half cup of pancake batter for a thick pancake, close the lid, and wait about 3 minutes for a sumptuous breakfast treat.

Crepes can be stuffed and rolled with savory or sweet fillings.
Crepes can be stuffed and rolled with savory or sweet fillings. | Source

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—just add more liquid to the batter for a thin crepe-style pancake.

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

Best recipes for Quesadilla Makers:

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© 2012 Lela

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  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR

    Lela 

    5 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

    You won't regret it.

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    Tony Lawrence 

    5 years ago from SE MA

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

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR

    Lela 

    7 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

    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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    Sharilee Swaity 

    7 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!

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR

    Lela 

    7 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

    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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    Marcy Goodfleisch 

    7 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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    Ruchira 

    7 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

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR

    Lela 

    7 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

    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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    summerberrie 

    7 years ago

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

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR

    Lela 

    7 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

    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!

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    FreezeFrame34 

    7 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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    donmanual 

    7 years ago from Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR

    Lela 

    7 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

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

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    Denise Handlon 

    7 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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    Blurter of Indiscretions 

    7 years ago from Clinton CT

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

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR

    Lela 

    7 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

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

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    Arlene V. Poma 

    7 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 . . .

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR

    Lela 

    7 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

    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!

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    Marlene Bertrand 

    7 years ago from 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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    cfin 

    7 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.

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR

    Lela 

    7 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

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

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    moonlake 

    7 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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    Mary Craig 

    7 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.

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR

    Lela 

    7 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

    And I can't live without mine!

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    Simone Haruko Smith 

    7 years ago from San Francisco

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

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR

    Lela 

    7 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

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

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR

    Lela 

    7 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

    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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    Cynthia Calhoun 

    7 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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    Anastasia Kingsley 

    7 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!!)

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR

    Lela 

    7 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

    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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    Kelly Umphenour 

    7 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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    Wesman Todd Shaw 

    7 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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