Cheesy Taco Burger

Ever wonder what you can do with extra taco meat? This isn’t an exact recipe, but it’s a wonderful method for using extra taco meat in another reimagined meal. It’s still fairly light and very tasty, even your kids will love it! Sort of a mix between a burger and a sloppy Joe, but better. Plus, there is room to make it your own. Try it soon with your family!


Health tips: Low fat, heart healthy, kid friendly

Ingredients (Servings vary based on leftover meat)

  • Leftover ground taco meat with taco seasonings, preferably lean turkey (Tip: When I cook my original taco meat, I like to sauté some diced onions first and mix with the meat and seasonings for extra flavor.)
  • Fresh tomatoes or canned (drained), diced
  • Onions, halved and sliced
  • Olive oil (Butter optional)
  • Reduced-fat cheese, shredded
  • Hamburger buns, preferably wheat, toasted
  • Optional toppings: Hot sauce, cilantro, etc…


  1. Heat some oil on medium in a skillet. Sauté onions until softened and golden. Add in the tomatoes and heat through for a bit until softened.
  2. Add the leftover seasoned taco meat to the veggies and thoroughly mix and heat through.
  3. Brush some olive oil (or butter) on the top and bottom of the hamburger buns. In another pan, turn heat to medium-low and toast until browned.
  4. Scoop meat mixture onto the bottom bun and top with shredded cheese. Cover pan and steam until cheese is melted.
  5. Add toppings of your choice (I prefer hot sauce and cilantro). Top with the other bun and enjoy!


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