You know those days when you’ve been busy and dinner has ended up being a bit later than planned. You’re tired, the children are tired and it’s all just a little bit too close to breaking down entirely. If people aren’t fed soon there is a high potential for tears all round. This leaves you with very limited choices, usually involving toast. Well I’ve taken part in the BritMums and Rustlers Burger Hack Challenge and to say I have had my eyes opened is understatement.
Being vegetarian, Rustlers hadn’t really ever entered my thought process. Buying burgers for the boys meant either fresh or frozen. Barbecue or oven. The only similarities between my options was the time. Not exactly a hard meal to prepare but at least 30 minutes. Which sometimes is just too long.
Rustlers cook in 90 seconds. 90! They come with the bun, all ready to go, the Southern Fried Chicken Burgers we tried even came with sauce, though neither husb nor son liked the sauce.
90 flipping seconds. I couldn’t get over it. I also couldn’t get over my son, who can be a bit funny about meat, polishing off his burger in around the same time. I’ve been so impressed that they’ve now become a regular in my Tesco basket. Did I mention they cook in 90 seconds and my son likes them.
Now the whole idea of the challenge was creating a fun meals that are fun occasions that we could all enjoy, so I didn’t want to miss out on the fun and bought myself some vegetarian burgers. The challenge is also about being creative and adding different toppings, so we could have a balanced meal.
Now because they cook so quickly, I wanted to keep the rest of the preparation quick too. This is no easy feat when all three of us have such different food tastes.
L’s burger hack is definitely the quickest and so easy!! To be honest I feel bad even writing about it as it’s so lazy it barely even counts as a hack.
L had a Rustlers Southern Fried Chicken Burger and Cucumber Chips. Yep you heard me right. I cut a cucumber up into skinny fries and served it next to the burger. I added some tomato sauce and a slice of cheese to the burger, you know to be a little fancy. Then I set the plate in front of him and watched it disappear.
Now with husb hating vegetables, despising salad and generally being impossible to feed a balanced meal to, well I didn’t bother, he’s and adult after all. I gave him oven chips and he also got cheese and tomato sauce added to his burger. Not healthy I know, but at least it is easy to use the burgers to create meals that everyone likes.
The twin packs are great because each burger is separately sealed, so you don’t have to have them both at the same time if you don’t want and they are great value as well. I had to get husb’s opinion on the actual quality of the burger. I was getting no sense out of L, he just kept saying it’s delicious, which is great to hear but I couldn’t get my head round something that cooked that quickly. How could it be any good? How?
The burgers are made using great quality chicken, with loads of flavour and using a southern fried breadcrumb. Because they are already cooked, you are essentially just heating it up. Now husb has explained to me that you are never going to beat a burger cooked on a barbecue but you simply can’t compare the two, it would be like comparing a fancy cheddar to a cheese slice. Both cheese, both amazing, but both very different with very different uses. So if he wants to have something a bit different for lunch at work one day, well a Rustlers is perfect, he can nip to Tesco round the corner, grab one, cook it and eat it, all safely in his lunch break with time to spare.
Understanding the quality had left me really happy to feed them to L and knowing how much he loves them and how quickly I can put together a meal he enjoys and is still getting a good serving of veg with, well for me it’s a no brainer and on occasion a complete life saver.
I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for a quick and easy meal, you can make your way. A twin pack of Rustlers Southern Fried Burgers is only £2.50, so they are great value too.
Now in case anyone was wondering how I had my vegetarian burger, well, I had some of the Sweet Potato chips I cooked up for husb on the side, then for the burger well there was a lot. It went bun, lettuce, mayo, burger, cheese, tomato sauce, onions, cucumber slices, tomato slices, bun. It was an amazing feast of vegetable and salad goodness.
Disclosure – This post is an entry for BritMums Rustlers Burger Hacking Challenge, sponsored by Rustlers