Spice Up Taco Tuesday with a Quesadilla Maker

By Tracy Colby | Indoor Living

Jul 25

When you’re in the mood for something, hot, cheesy and spicy, nothing beats a gooey and delicious quesadilla. However, trying to make these tasty snacks in a traditional pan can be a messy and often disastrous experience, and microwave cooking can never produce the results you want.

Thankfully, there is now a cooking product/appliance that is dedicated and specialized for cooking scrumptious quesadillas—in most cases taking less than five minutes from start to finish. To help you purchase one of these kitchen marvels, here we have reviewed several of the most popular and best selling quesadilla makers on the market today, and highlighted the various pros and cons of each quality product.

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We have also included a Quesadilla Maker Buying Guide, in which we will point out the various factors you should look for when selecting the perfect quesadilla appliance for your kitchen, office or dorm room.

Hamilton Beach 25409 Quesadilla Maker

Rated one of the best products of its kind, the Hamilton Beach 25409 Quesadilla Maker is renowned for its ability to make restaurant-quality quesadillas in five minutes or less depending on the amount and type of ingredients.

The quesadillas made by this model range in size from seven to eight inches, and the triangle design of the inner plates conveniently press the snack into six, evenly-sized pieces ready for cutting.

The quesadilla has a locking lid, easy-clean non-stick coating and indicator lights for “power’ and “pre-heating.” Best of all, the deep pockets allow you to load up your quesadilla with all your favorite ingredients.

Pros

  • Six Pieces. The Hamilton Beach 25409 Quesadilla Maker presses the tortilla/quesadilla into six perfectly-sized pieces that are perfect for party snacks.
  • Fast. The quesadilla maker can turn out seven to eight-inch quesadillas in a period not exceeding five minutes.
  • LED Indicator Lights. The “power” and “pre-heat” indicator lights on the Hamilton Beach 25409 Quesadilla Maker let you know when the product is on and ready to use.

Cons

  • Fits only 8-inch tortillas. Fans of larger quesadillas, measuring, 10 inches or 12 inches, are out of luck with the Hamilton Beach 25409 Quesadilla Maker.
  • Durability questions. Some consumers have reported that pieces that can break off the appliance after heavy wear and tear.

 George Foreman GFQ001 Quesadilla Maker

Renowned for his countertop burger press, the George Foreman GFQ001 Quesadilla Maker is one of the newer products of its kind and also one of the best.

With the ability to make deep-dish 10-inch quesadillas, the appliance is one of the largest on the market, and the extra deep pockets allow for snacks that are truly loaded up.

The product features a next-generation non-stick coating surface for easy clean up and deep cut lines that make it easy to divide up the finished product. Indicator lights enable you to know when the quesadilla has been fully cooked, and the cord storage area makes storage and mobility very easy.

Pros

  • 10 inch tortillas. If you love to make your quesadillas from large 10-inch tortillas, the George Foreman GFQ001 Quesadilla Maker is ideal.
  • Non-stick. The non-stick coating on this convenient appliance makes cleanup an absolute breeze.
  • Deep pockets. The deep pockets and outer rim on the George Foreman GFQ001 Quesadilla Maker allow you to stuff your quesadillas to the brim.
    Cons

Not suitable for small places. As a larger appliance, the George Foreman GFQ001 Quesadilla Maker may not be the perfect maker for dorm rooms and other smaller places.
Short Cable. The power cord on the appliance is very short, which means you may have to use an extension cord.

Black and Decker QM1088 Quesadilla Maker

The Black and Decker QM1088 Quesadilla Maker has plenty of attractive features to love, including an 8-inch non-stick surface for easy cleaning; a drip tray to avoid runoff messes; and a cook time of five minutes or less in most instances.

The intuitive press and seal lines on the top and bottom plates help to seal in all the delicious, cheesy flavor; and the deep pockets are ideal for those who like to experiment with different ingredients. Indicator lights—power on and pre-heat—make the Black and Decker QM1088 Quesadilla Maker very easy to use, and its compact design and lightweight makeup offers the best in portability.

Pros

  • Lightweight. The compact, lightweight design of the Black and Decker QM1088 Quesadilla Maker makes it very portable.
  • Press and Seal Lines. The unique press and seal lines help to seal the quesadilla from the sides and back, keeping all of the gooey goodness inside.
  • Highly reviewed. The Black and Decker QM1088 Quesadilla Maker is considered one of the better appliances of its kind.

Cons

8-inch tortillas only. Again, those who prefer 10-inch or even larger quesadillas may want to steer clear of the Black and Decker QM1088 Quesadilla Maker.
Clean-up issues. A few reviewers have pointed out that cleanup is not as easy with this particular quesadilla maker.

Quesadilla Maker Buying Guide

The Quesadilla is not only one of the most popular and delicious Mexican dishes you can eat, it has become a global favorite and is especially popular across the United States. Combining the convenience of a sandwich with great tasting ingredients that were first popularized south of the border, the quesadilla is definitely a snack that is here to stay.

If you are setting out to buy your first quesadilla maker you could probably benefit from the following Buying Guide, in which we will outline some of the important factors you should consider when buying one of these compact appliances.

Size of the Quesadilla Maker

When it comes to purchasing a quesadilla maker, size definitely matters. As the consumer, you should carefully ponder where and how you plan to use the appliance, and the size of the tortillas (or other base) with which you will be working. Quesadilla makers come in a variety of sizes, although the two most popular sizes are the 10 inch and 12 inch model, as these are also popular sizes for the various tortillas that are sold around the world. If you are buying a quesadilla maker for the entire family, we recommend you select a larger size appliance; however, if you are buying for a college student who will primarily use the product to makes snacks for one, the smaller and more compact size quesadilla maker might be the best option.

Inner Plates of the Quesadilla Maker

The inner plates of the quesadilla maker are the base—where you will lay the tortilla—and the lid—which covers the tortilla and also generates heat to cook the top of it. Some of these inner plates have a ring around their top and bottom rims, which work to prevent the cheese and other ingredients from leaking out the sides as the quesadilla is being cooked. These tend to be a bit more expensive than those quesadilla makers with perfectly flat inner plates, but this feature is well worth the extra money. Some quesadilla makers split the circle of the base and lid with an equal number of triangles. This gives the quesadilla a traditional look when the product has been thoroughly cooked.

Preparation Time

Let’s face it: one of the reasons you want a quesadilla maker is the time you can save when preparing these delicious snacks. For this reason, it’s important that you check the average preparation time for each appliance you are considering. Most quesadilla makers have an average cook time of 4-5 minutes, making them just as fast as a microwave while producing (much) better results. One of the factors that positively affects the overall preparation time of a quesadilla maker is a tight-fitting lid. If time is important to you, we recommend you read several reviews—like the ones above—focusing on what actual consumers are saying about quesadilla makers and their speed (or lack thereof).

Ease of Cleaning

Ease of cleaning is a very important consideration when purchasing a quesadilla maker, largely because the ingredients used to make these yummy snacks can sometimes leave quite a mess. First, make sure the quesadilla maker has a non-stick coating. These coatings, like Teflon, make tough messes a breeze to clean. Also, read the fine print regarding the coating that is applied to the quesadilla maker, and make sure it has been rated for safety by the appropriate body.

Is It Easy to Use?

You may think this is a silly question, because it only makes sense that all quesadilla makers are easy to use—just place the filled tortilla in the base, close the lid and turn it on, right? Well, maybe. But you also want to consider factors such as the clarity of the instruction manual, indicator lights that tell you when the product has been fully cooked, easy to read directions, and other factors and features that make the appliance simple and easy to use.

Features 

Last, but certainly not least, are the features. What features does quesadilla maker (A) have that make it better than quesadilla maker (B)? One of these features might include a non-stick surface, which prevents you from having to add butter or oil to the appliance in order to grease the cooking surface, which can make the quesadilla a bit unhealthier and greatly add to the cleanup time. Other features may include ergonomic, non-slip handles; drip trays for catching and run-off grease; a rapid heat-up function; convenient power and indicator lights that let you know when the quesadilla is fully cooked; and compact, easy-store designs.