Applebee's International, Inc. is the leader in the casual dining segment of the United States restaurant marketplace. The company franchises and operates more than 1,100 restaurants under the Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar name, about a quarter of which it owns. The eateries offer moderately priced, high-quality food and drink for all ages in a friendly, informal atmosphere. Applebee's is continuing to expand, with 1,800 outlets the company's stated goal. A smaller restaurant format has been designed for areas with populations under 25,000, to facilitate penetration of previously untapped markets.




Quesadilla Burger

Pico de gallo, shredded lettuce and Mexi-ranch sauce served Southwestern style 
in a pepper-Jack and cheddar quesadilla.

Applebee's Copycat Recipe

Serves 4-6

2 (10 inch) flour tortillas
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/3 cup shredded monterey jack pepper cheese
1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
diced onion
diced canned jalapeno
bacon (cooked and crumbled)
southwest seasoned hamburger (recipe follows)

Southwest Seasoning Mix
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons paprika
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon dried oregano

For hamburgers: Combine all seasoning ingredients. Use one heaping Tablespoon of seasoning mix per pound of hamburger meat. Mix into hamburger meat until well combined. Fry or grill.

Assembling the burger: Heat a large frying pan over medium heat. Spread butter on one side of each tortilla. Put one tortilla, butter side down in the hot pan. Sprinkle the cheeses evenly onto the center of the tortilla in the pan- but not all the way to the edges. Put the tomato, onion, bacon and jalapeno over the cheese, add the cooked seasoned burger and cover with the other tortilla butter side up (like a grilled cheese sandwich). When the bottom is browned, about 45-90 seconds, flip the quesadilla and grill the other side. Remove the quesadilla from the pan and using a pizza cutter, cut through the middle. Serve.

Notes:  This is one of my favorite burgers at Applebee's. You really should give this one a try.

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