Review: Quesadilla Maker

I’m pretty much a quesadilla freak. If you know me, I’ve probably already fed you a quesadilla or two. For Christmas, my husband bought me a Hamilton Beach quesadilla maker. Now, I love sparkly things like the next gal, but this guy knows the way to my heart.

Since then, we’ve busted out the maker at several wing night parties, hosted by a friend and his girlfriend. Here’s a breakdown of this little guy, and whether or not you should add one to your lineup of favorite appliances:

Pros

  • Portable and compact.
  • Super nonstick. Some of the cheese may crust up a little, but it’s nothing a little hot water and soap can’t handle.
  • Heats up nice and quick.
  • Cook time of around 5 minutes per quesadilla.

Cons

  • There is a gap between the heating plate and plastic casing. Cheese and water can easily get stuck in the gap, making cleaning a bit difficult.
  • Heating plate can come apart for thorough cleaning, but requires a screwdriver and patience 🙂
  • The latch is shallow, leaving less room for chunkier ingredients.
  • The circumference of the heating plate is only about 8″, meaning that larger tortillas will cook awkwardly.

Poppy’s Thoughts

I’ve really enjoyed the convenience of having the quesadilla maker after a long day of work. It gives you the illusion of a quicker prep and cleanup time, but mostly due to the “low-mainentance” approach of having an appliance shaped like a quesadilla. Truthfully though, I’ve found it takes the same amount of time to prepare a quesadilla in the oven. And honestly, the oven gives the quesadilla the kind of crispyness that I crave, while allowing more room for fun ingredients like chunks of chicken and peppers.

What it really comes down to though, is appliance energy. To heat the stove or oven (as I prefer), the amount of electricity used is far more abundant. So if you’re looking for an electricity-friendly option, a small appliance might be the way to go!

All in all, it’s a good appliance if you’re looking for appetizer-sized quesadillas. With less room for ingredients, I’ve found that these quesadillas serve better as a starter or light snack. Besides, you don’t really need a ton of ingredients to enjoy the fun of a quesadilla.

And yes, this is how in-depth I get about quesadillas. Perfecting the quesadilla is an art, my friends.

That’s all for today! Bon Appétit!

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