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Quesadillas are great for appetizers or snacks, but you can turn them into a main dish when you stuff them with more than just cheese. Try adding shredded chicken, refried beans, or vegetables. Change things up with mozzarella cheese, tomatoes and basil. For a sweet treat, make your quesadillas with sweetened cream cheese and fresh sliced strawberries or try apples and cinnamon for pie-like quesadillas.
01 of 07
Best Overall: George Foreman Electric Quesadilla Maker
The George Foreman Grill created a whole new cooking method for grilled foods indoors, and this quesadilla spinoff of that grill includes some of the same features of the originals. It has a nonstick cooking surface that wipes clean even if cheese oozes out and burns, and it can be stored vertically so it takes less space. The cord wraps neatly to stay out of the way in storage.
This makes quesadillas up to 10 inches in diameter and has deep pockets, so you can really stuff the tortillas with your favorite cheeses and additions. In between the six pockets, the machine creates cutting lines for perfectly even wedges.
The outer edge of the 10-inch circle also presses to seal, so you’ll have fewer cheese blowouts. While you can use this for smaller tortillas, the outer edge won’t seal, so you’ll need to remember not to overfill. Cooking is fast – just three to four minutes for crisp tortillas and melted cheese, then make another one … and another.
02 of 07
Best Budget: Hamilton Beach Quesadilla Maker
Designed with smaller tortillas in mind, this budget-friendly tortilla maker works well with six-or eight-inch tortillas, although the eight-inch are better if you’re planning on overstuffing them a bit. No one wants cheese explosions, right? You can also use 10-inch tortillas in this machine, but the tortillas would overhang the edges of the machine.
This presses indentations to make six even wedges and seals along the outer edge as well, to help keep the cheese contained. It takes about five minutes to finish cooking a single tortilla.
The nonstick surface wipes clean easily, and a lock keeps the quesadilla snug during cooking and allows you to store it upright to save space. It has a light to indicate power is on and a second light to show that it is preheated and ready to cook.
03 of 07
Runner-Up, Best Budget: BELLA 8-inch Quesadilla Maker
This quesadilla maker has a hot-pepper-shaped handle and is designed for eight-inch quesadillas that are perfect for appetizers and snacks. This presses indentations into the quesadillas for easy cutting into wedges. It includes a built-in drip reservoir and the cooking plates are nonstick for easy cleaning.
It’s simple to use, just plug it in and go. A power light and ready light let you know when it’s ready to cook – but remember to unplug it when you’re done, since there’s no off switch.
This has pockets for filling quesadillas, but because of the hinge configuration, you should be careful not to overstuff. Recipes from El Paso Chile are included.
04 of 07
Best Multipurpose: George Foreman Electric Nonstick Round-Shaped Grill
If you like the idea of easy quesadillas, but you don’t want an appliance that’s a one-trick pony, this multipurpose round grill has you covered. It includes five different plates – upper and lower quesadilla plates, upper and lower grilling plates, as well as a lower pizza plate. The plates are dishwasher safe, but the nonstick surface also makes them easy to clean by hand.
The grill can be set for flat cooking or for angled cooking to drain grease. The floating hinge means you can easily cook thicker items without smashing them. Since this is designed to cook a variety of foods, it has an adjustable cooking control (low, medium and high, but no temperature markings), while a ready light lets you know when the grill is hot or the food is done. This includes a spatula and two drip trays.
The quesadilla plates mark and press the quesadillas to make six even wedges and are large enough to accommodate any size tortillas. When you’re not making quesadillas or grilling steaks, the pizza pan can also be used for cooking pancakes, scrambled eggs, burgers and more.
While this grill has multiple uses, it’s also larger than the quesadilla-only machines, so you’ll need a little more counter space to use it and a little more space for storage, too. A waffle-making plate is available separately, for even more versatility.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
Best for the Grill: Steven Raichlen Best of Barbecue Stainless Quesadilla Basket
If you like the flavor of tortillas that have been kissed by flame, this handy quesadilla basket will have you cooking quesadillas on your grill or even over a campfire. Sure, you could use it on a gas stove burner, too, but cleaning oozing cheese off of your stovetop might not be very much fun.
The basket design holds the quesadilla snugly, so you just place it on the grill and flip when the first side is toasted. This only holds the quesadilla – it doesn’t score or seal or press lines into it for cutting, so you’ll be on your own for cutting the quesadilla into wedges.
When you’re not using this for making quesadillas, you could use it for grilling or toasting other flat foods, such as pita bread, sliced vegetables or for heating unstuffed tortillas for tacos.
06 of 07
Runner-Up, Best Multipurpose: Betty Crocker Pizza Maker
It says it’s pizza maker, but it’s perfect for quesadillas and much more – at a very affordable price. The lipped base ensures that nothing will drip out of the machine during cooking and the nonstick surfaces are easy to clean.
This won’t make indentations in the quesadillas, so you’ll be on your own for cutting wedges, but it will provide a crisp exterior while melting the cheese perfectly. The 12-inch diameter will accommodate the largest tortillas or you can make several small quesadillas at once.
When you’re done with quesadillas, this can be used for making pizza, baking cookies, scrambling eggs, cooking pancakes and more. It has a power indicator light and a ready light. The floating hinge means that you can cook thicker items without smashing them; and the cord wraps for easy storage.
07 of 07
Best Stovetop: Mexican Origins Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Tortilla Griddle
If you want to go old-school with your quesadilla making, a comal is a stovetop pan that’s traditional for making tortillas – so you can start completely from scratch. Then fill the tortillas and make your quesadillas.
You don’t have to use this for making tortillas from scratch, of course, but the shape of the pan also makes it ideal for quesadillas. The slightly raised, sloping sides mean that grease won’t drip, but flipping the quesadillas over is easy since you don’t need to angle your spatula around the sides of a typical frying pan.
The comal is made from pre-seasoned cast iron, so it’s ready to cook with as soon as you get it, but it will get even more nonstick with more seasoning and with more use. The cast iron retails heat well and distributes heat evenly for crisp tortillas.
When you’re not making tortillas, you can use this for many other cooking purposes – just keep in mind that the sides are very, very low, so you shouldn’t use the pan for items that need a lot of cooking oil or that will release a lot of liquid during cooking. This should be cared for like any other cast iron cookware.