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Grilling Quesadillas

Has anyone tried grilling quesadillas on a charcoal grill; if so, how were the results, do they get too charred to fold, how's the flavor compared to pan frying?

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  1. When I make quesadillas, I warm the tortillas, then put the cheese/other 'stuff' on only half, and fold over. . . so if you fold early enough, it shouldn't be a problem.
    I would think the charred flavor would add a delicious edge to them!! Yum!

    1. Definitely fold before you put on the grill, or put one tortilla down with ingredients and top with another tortilla. Keep an eye on it. Only takes a couple minutes. Flip when the cheese starts to melt. Yummy!

      1. A better, smokier version than pan frying. I usually use two tortillas rather than one and folding it over. Just heat the two tortillas for a minute on one side, flip one over, fill with cheese and other toppings and top with the other tortilla, warmed side in. Then cook until charred to your liking, flip, repeat. Then eat.

        1. During our brush with several hurricanes a couple of years ago, I used my grill for the few days we didn't have electricity. I did quesadillas on the grill. Best ones ever. The grill, even our gas one, imparts a bit of a smokey taste and the little grill marks give the tortilla some extra flavor.

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          1. re: scubadoo97

            I am not sure how to cut and paste a recipe from another site, but if you go to recipezaar.com, there is an excellent recipe for Shrimp and Avocado Quesadillas. I usually cut the recipe in 1/2 and it makes about 16 wedges. I also use most of the seeds from the jalepenos for a spicy version.

          2. I've never made them on the grill, mainly because I think the buttery taste from panfrying is essential to good quesadillas. Mmmmm.... Butter....

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            1. re: AbdulSheikhMohammed

              Baste the outer side with butter and grill. Smoked butter great.

            2. Occasionally I line a grill rack with tin foil to control heat/flame. When it comes to quesadillas on the grill I always do. None of the ingred. fall betwn the grate and I can control how grilled the tortillas get.

              1. I've done mine on the grill and liked the taste.

                The big problem I had was spillage. I put my stuff on half and then fold over. When I turned it over, a bunch of stuff fell out. I normally do them in the oven on a pizza stone so it's no problem.


                1. I use flour tortillas more than half the time for quesadillas. When I do them on the grill I first nuke a little butter and brush it on the outside surfaces because the harina dries out so quickly. But a little mesquite flavor..yum. I load 'em up with goop and I have a wide spatula. The success of your "flip" is a measurement of your grill skills.

                  1. I use one of those quesadilla baskets. I make two quesadillas at a time, each one folded over, and side-by-side in the basket.

                    Brush with olive oil, then hold over coals for a couple of minutes, then flip and cook for another two. Everything is held together beautifully, with no spillage, and wonderful crisp. I haven't tried it on my gas grill yet, but charcoal works fantastic.