Hands up who likes a cheeky burger? Pretty much everyone then! We were asked to take part in the Rustlers Burger Hacking Challenge, which meant tasting and testing the Rustlers Southern Fried Chicken Burger and seeing how convenient they really our in our time poor lifestyles.
Rustlers Southern Fried Chicken Burger – Who are they?
Rustlers Burgers are a convenient and fast way to have a tasty burger range, whether that be as part of a balanced main meal or even as a snack.
The burger bit (the bit inside the bun!) is microwavable which means it can fit in with anyone’s hectic lifestyle.
We were given a voucher to go out and buy the Rustlers Southern Fried Chicken. They come in a two pack. I know this sounds stupid, but when I first went into the supermarket I went to the bread section to go and pick up the buns (the bread is always first in the store layout). Then I went searching for the Rustlers Southern Fried Chicken Burger Twin Pack. I found it in the chiller cabinet. The branding is easily recognisable.
The silly thing was, I didn’t realise the burger actually came with the bun. I honestly, thought they were just the burger element, not the bun part!
It did cross my mind to put the buns back, but I thought, no, the buns are never going to turn out like they do on the picture. We’ll have to use fresh ones to make it look and taste nice.
I also bought some veg and some sweet potato fries (I hate having a burger and chips, as it’s too carb heavy, at least with the sweet potato fries it counts towards your five-a-day!)
Tuesday’s is our busiest day (where I have the least amount of time to prepare dinner) as we have school, then two rounds of swimming lessons straight after. We don’t get home until 5.30pm, and with two extremely hungry boys it is a frantic time to get food to them (just imagine baby birds in their nests, mouths open, chirping for food….that’s how it is for my 6 and 8 year old!).
I read the instructions on the pack and was it really easy to make the burgers. I stuck the fries in the oven, cut the veg and boiled it. Then ripped open the Rustlers Southern Fried Chicken Burger pack and followed the oh-so-very-easy instructions. I popped the buns (from the packet, I thought I would give them a chance, I had my fresh buns on the side ready to be pounced on when I was proved right!) in the toaster.
I waited for the toaster to pop open and some shrivelled up looking cardboard buns would pop up! I was very surprised to see that the buns looked exactly like the ones on the packet. Shocking I know!!
My children aren’t big fans of lettuce. My son wanted fried egg with it (!) but was so hungry, he ate the egg before I had a chance to put it on the burger! So we went we a simple mayo dressing and the toasted burger bun and burger. I do think the simplicity of it shows that the burger is simple to make but does still look like the promotional picture on the packets…which is rarely seen.
My husband who is a ‘burger expert’ (his words) was really surprised at how tasty the burger was. He said it tasted fresh, crunchy and was just how it would be from well known burger shops. He was surprised it came from the microwave. The burger is actually made from quality chicken and marinated with southern fried breadcrumbs, so he was tasting all of this.
You can spice this up and make a bespoke burger, whatever takes your fancy. I think next time, I would put some coleslaw or may be houmous, a slice of beefeater tomato or red onion which has been slightly fried a little.
I think the dressings and additional bits you add this burger to make it your own, need to be quick and easy, just like the burger. Otherwise it defeats the object of having something so easy and quick. We will definitely be trying these burgers and some of the other Rustlers range again.
This post is an entry for BritMums ‘Rustler Burger Hacking Challenge’, sponsored by Rustlers