“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Other Ready Meals „
I'll start off by making absolutely no qualms about how bad these burgers probably are for, all areas of your insides. Who knows what the hell is truly in the actual burgers themselves.
I've seen documentaries exposing the kind of crap that goes into even what you may consider reputable meat from your local supermarkets, so god knows how bad this 'meat' truly is. I found out for example that legally, you can put parts of a pig in a sausage that you or I, or the average person probably wouldn't consider meat at all, and yet still class it meat, and call it meat on the packet.
All of that said and in consideration (and largely disregarded, for taste!)...
Personally, I find these burgers delicious. At one point I had a bit of an addiction to them, I'm not obese or even fat, I'm 21 - about 6ft tall and about 12 stone in weight. So I'm about average weight, but I think it's just the luck of my genes and metabolism, and age up until now.
I can also appreciate how somebody may find these disgusting, which sounds weird when I've said I find them delicious but it's because... taste wise, they just accommodate to all of your taste bud's guilty pleasures, like McDonalds or any junk food. Clearly, they're doing something and there's certain levels of X, Y and X etc. that make the food extremely tasty and addictive. If there weren't, they wouldn't be as popular as they are.
But like I say, I can totally understand how somebody could find them disgusting. Firstly on a psychological level, somebody who is more conscious and concerned about health and organ damage and all that - I could easily imagine that kind of thought bubble bursting a large proportion of tasty goodness right out of the senses. As, how you think about food can certainly affect taste or the whole experience, hence why fine dining restaurants focus on presentation and why cooking is considered an art.
I can also imagine how the slightly 'flat' or packaged goods element to the taste of the burger, in the mind and just the whole sort of, simplistic taste and quality of the cheese and patte could feel disgusting in somebody's mouth.
But in the same way that injecting heroin is still euphoric despite knowing you're killing yourself and that the needle could be dirty and you could be contracting some kind of fatal disease... I still find Rustlers burgers absolutely delicious and could eat several every day, despite knowing what I know about the health aspects (and I actually don't even know much about the specifics, other than they're, not great!).
Haha, nice analogy right? I'm sure Rustlers would appreciate that. Maybe they could use it on a new advert, "Rustlers, like heroin - you may be aware of the health risks, but you still love the experience!".
Anyway, I love these burgers and I think most people probably would love the taste of them too, I think some people would just pretend to hate them just to act like 'the healthy conscious one'.
Also, one of the worst things that can happen with these is that the bottom bap can go instantly hard after microwaving it, but I've randomly worked out what I think is a solution to that, which works most of the time (which shows you how many of these I've eaten). What you need to do is... firstly, do the burger on a lower heat, for longer. I think something about the burger going from chilled / cold (fridge) to instantly very hot and then instantly cooled again makes it hard. So what I do is microwave the burger on a low-medium or medium heat for about twenty seconds longer, THEN... get the burger out and instantly turn it upside down on the plate - this lets all the major heat out quickly...
Finally, do not leave it like this for any longer than ten seconds as that also appears to instantly harden the bun. So you flip it, leave it for a few seconds (you'll see steam rush upwards) and then quickly flip it back over and leave it to cool naturally. Then dig in, YUM!
On my way home from work tonight, I stopped in my local Tesco garage planning on picking up some Super Noodles for dinner (I know a poor substitute for dinner!) and I saw a packet of Rustler Quarter Pounder Cheese sat in the chilled cabinet. What can I say? I was hungry and hunger drives people to do desperate things!! The packet contained a single hamburger and cost me £1.15 which, if the product had been good, would had been a very decent price for a snack of this type.
So, first impressions weren't bad. Basically, it involved sticking it in the microwave for 80 seconds - then leaving it to rest for a few minutes, putting a big dollop of ketchup on top - and you're ready to go. To be honest, the burger actually looked pretty good. It was a decent size, quite plump with a fluffy-ish looking bap - and the burger itself looked of decent quality - not disimilar from something you would pick up from Macdonalds.
But then, alas, the taste. Ugh! The burger tasted meaty - but I'm not sure I could swear it was beef. It was more that it had the texture of meat, but not really any identifiable meat flavour - and it tasted boiled. Boiled beef burger is NOT good! In addition, the cheese tasted synthetic and plastic - and reminded me of that horrible rubbery shiny cheese that so many of us suffered through at school. There is no salad or onions in the burger, but there is a generous dollop of okay tasting tomato ketchup. The bap is actually okay - but that's about as far as I can go with my enthusiasm!
Basically, its not good and very unsatisfying. I had about half of it and fed the rest to my dogs - who appreciated it a little more than I did. If you want a quick and cheap burger then pop past Macdonalds or Burger King on the way home and pick up something which I can assure you will be more tasty!
I am not usually a fan of the microwave, things usually that come out of it usually end up wholly bland and soggy. The humble ready meal being the prime example, they always taste the same no matter what they're supposed to be.
To this end I don't usually buy microwave stuff, but Rustlers and Feasters are an exception.
I buy Rustlers not because they are the most flavourful things in the world, although for microwave they are towards the better end of the scale. They take a mere 70 seconds to do and as such are perfect for when you roll home absolutely pished up to the high heavens, so drunk you can barely sing a whole verse of Merlin the happy pig (all you Blackadder fans).
I know people who have got into quite considerable trouble while trying to use their oven at 4 o clock in the morning with a head full of beer and god knows what else, my cousin had the fire brigade round and pretty much destroyed her kitchen when attempting to cook some fish fingers.
It is in this respect that the whole rustlers range are an invaluable eating tool for me, within the range one of my favourites is the Quarter Pounder, it comes with Cheese (that really fake strange textured cheese) and a sachet of tomato ketchup (which goes straight in the bin as Ketchup is the devils sauce).
In truth anything tastes good when you're drunk (thousands of kebab shops accross the country can't be wrong) so what how do rustlers hold up to the sober pallatte. Suprisingly not too badly, they are bland and a little bit soggy but if you really can't be bothered to whip something proper up then they are a passable little hot snack.
Reccomended to all you P*ss heads out there (you know who you are) but also as a quick and easy snack every now and again.
I have to say I like the odd Microwave snack. Yes, i'm not the most healthiest eater, and often on a monday when i'm off work then I will be lazy and chuck a Microwave thing in to cook then settle back down and watch the tv. I'm sure this ritual keeps me sane, well that's what I keep telling myself.
I don't see the rustlers range as much in shops than I used to. They are still in my Tesco and Asda. These cost about £1.60 each, which isn't that cheap for a burger I guess. You could nearly get 2 Mcdonalds ones for that price and i'm sure weight wise it would be much the same. There is the hassle of going for a McDonalds though, so I guess the higher price is to do with the convenience aspect of this.
The packaging seems quite chunky, but the Burger sits in here just fine. not too cramped and not loads of room for it to move around either.This is in a plastic tub and you just tear the cellophane lid off to cook the Burger.
This is 170g and not sure of the fat and calorie content for sure. It isn't the healthiest snack, but i'm sure we had figured it out.
In the pack you get a slice of Processed Cheese all wrapped up and a generous sachet of tomato sauce.
You just cook this in the Microwave for anything between 70-100 seconds depending on the wattage of your Mircowave. Cooking instructions are on the bottom of the box.
This smells quite nice when it comes out the Micro. The roll smells nice and fresh bread like. It feels soft enough as well. The Burger is pretty large and fills the Roll well. Not really any plain Burger less bits in here. The Burger Meat tastes nice enough but it doesn't taste like how a 100% Beef burger would. Didn't check the Meat content, but it isn't cheap and nasty tasting. Doesn't taste grizzly and not greasy or chewy either.
This is large enough to have if you are kinda hungry. If you are really hungry then perhaps team up with some Chips, Crisps or that. Makes a decent Lunchtime or anytime quick snack.
One of my favourite from the Rustlers range.
OK before I start these "burgers" are like Marmite, you either love it or you seriously hate it. I happen to fall into the former category because as a quick snack I don't think they can be beaten.
The very idea of a burger that cooks in microwave for 70 seconds that costs only £1.89 (current retail price) is a tough one to pass up for most but it screams "student food"; cheap, cheerful and not that healthily. I guess that's a price you pay for convenience.
Now on to the actual product; the burger itself is actually quite big and is stored in an all plastic package, it doesn't say if it's recyclable but that type of plastic generally never is so chances are its ending up in a landfill somewhere. Along with the burger you get a pouch of tomato ketchup and a single cheese slice. The tomato pouch is tiny and doesn't even cover half the burger so I definitely recommend making sure you have some ketchup in the cupboards or you will end up with a very dry meal.
The cheese slice is complete rubbish in my opinion; it's the typical "American processed cheese" making it tasteless, plastic looking and quite frankly a chore to eat, for me it usually goes straight in the bin. The actual burger has a decent colour when cooked and does look like real meat though it's very oily and the amount of preservatives and additives they list on the package is enough to make even the most hardened junk food eater turn up their noses. Listing them all could take a while...
I personally like the taste, it's certainly no Burger King or McDonalds but it certainly is passable however those prone to allergies should stay clear as it features all the usual suspects: gluten, milk, egg and soya.
All in all it's a good meal for those in a rush, it could, and probably should be cheaper but you can't really complain given that it's essentially a precooked meal similar to what you would get at your local chip shop.
I love them, others don't so the only real way to decide if you like it is to buy yourself one and as they say "you be the judge".
I was in a little bit of a rush this morning as I knew I had to be out of the house by 12 and I only woke up at 10.30 which trust me is very late! So I didnt have that much time to cook myself something proper to eat so finding this in the fridge was like a blessing for me. I usually like processed, microwavable food but as I was running late I whacked it in the microwave and hoped for the best.
Price: Around £2
Stockists: Any Supermarket
You Can Only Cook This In A Microwave!!
Contains: Eggs, Gluten, Milk & Soya.
Cook For 2 Minutes
Thats not great but then again its not the worst Ive ever seen. Trust me after reading this review you will realise that the nutritional information isnt what you should be worrying about really. Not when it tastes this bad!!
I should have really named this section the disgusting. As soon as I took my first bite of this I was struck by the fact that it didnt really taste of anything een with the added cheese slice & ketchup. The burger was very strange it was somehow dry and horribly soggy and wet at the same time. How Rustlers managed to get all that disgusting taste into one burger is amazing. Also the burger started crumbling in my mouth when I started eating it, now in my experience burgers are not supposed to crumble this was just vile.
I would do a bit on the cheese and ketchup that comes with this burger but I dont see much point as I dont feel they added anything to the taste or the texture overall. They might as well not have been there, although they didnt make the burger taste any worse so I suppose thats one good thing.
The one decent thing about this whole burger was the bun. Unlike some other microwave burgers Ive tasted it was actually really soft and tasty and it actually had a really fresh quite nice flavour and texture to it. It made me think if they have made the bun so well why couldnt they have made the rest of this burger taste as nice?!
I wouldnt eat this again if you paid me. I only finished eating this one because I was hungry and it made me feel pretty sick once Id finished. I wouldnt recommend this at all because Im sure there must be better microwave foods out there! It tastes really fake and artificial and overall it's vile so avoid at all costs I suggest.
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I had one of these Rustlers Quarter Pounders for a snack the other day and it was one of the most rank things I've ever eaten! It's a burger in a sesame seed bun that you nuke for about 70 seconds, then add a cheese slice and ketchup. Sounds good? Nah, it's a horrible thing!
The smell as it's cooking is horrible, it's like a mixture of fat and onions with something else in there that actually makes it smell like it's gone off a bit.
The burger cooks to quite a nice texture but it's got a proper nasty flavour, it doesn't taste like proper meat at all and I wish I'd kept the wrapper to see now how much beef and how much 'textured soya protein' is in it. The burger has got a weird chewy texture that isn't very nice to eat and it went dead soggy in my mouth as I chewed.
The bun goes nice and soft in the microwave and I was quite surprised about that because I remember my dad went through a phase of buying microwave burgers from Iceland a few years ago and those buns went rock hard during cooking. This one stays soft for a bit but I noticed that when I'd eaten as much of it as I could manage I left the burger on the plate for about 5 mins and by the time I went back to it to put it in the bin the bun had started to go hard.
I put the cheese slice and ketchup on the burger and that still didn't do anything to make it taste like a proper burger. I wasn't expecting one as high quality as BK or even a fresh one off my own bbq but this tasted like plastic food and there's absolutely no goodness in one of these nasty Rustlers burgers at all.
I'm not a snob when it comes to processed food, actually I think sometimes processed food tastes better than fresh organic stuff. Not here though, this THING is disgusting and also manages to taste fatty and dry at the same time.
I don't know why people love Rustlers so much, I've got a mate who would eat them every day if he could afford to and thinks they're the business. Personally I'd rather eat my own toenails than eat this again.
Disgusting food at it's worst.
Not recommended by me!!!
Today, when I woke up, my body just craved junk food . Sometimes I get like that, and as I had to head to the shop to pick up some milk anyway, I decided to satisfy my junk craving with a Rustlers Quarter Pounder with Cheese .
The packaging is as pictured above, so I won't bore you with the details, except to say that the back contains cooking instructions for various different microwaves,a nd the pack contains everything you need for your burger - the bun, the burger itself, cheese, and tomato ketchup.
This took just 80 seconds in my micrwave, and I then slapped on the cheese and sauce and let it cool for a bit, as it comes out far too hot to eat right away . After a couple of minutes it was cool enough to eat, and I tore into it with gusto.
This was clearly never going to be a gourmet burger, but it's not bad . The bread was soft, airy, and lighty seeded, and the burger was moist and meaty, if perhaps a little bland. The ketchup was nice enough, anf the cheese was your typical processed cheese slice . I do think it could have done with a little more seasoning in the burger, but for what it is - a junk food convenience meal, it does the job .
It's nicely sized, and it really hit the spot for my craving . Nutritionally it isn't great for you, there is a fair chunk of fat in this - but then, it's a burger!
I'd buy this again if I get that urge to stuff myself with junk food , but if I wanted a really nice burger, and had the time, you just can't beat home-made .
3 stars - although it was tasty and filling, it was a tad bland and isn't the best choice nutrtionally.
No no no and no. I am alarmed to see a wealth of four and five star reviews for this pre-packaged burger. Firstly, the sheer thought of going into a McDonalds or a Burger King fills me with dread. Spotty youths shoving congealed squashed burger down that slot. There is only one way to have a burger and that is a decent cut of beef done on a barbecue in the midst of summer. Even good old Bird's eye burgers don't suffice under the grill for me. So the thought of having a microwavable ready made burger caused my eyes to narrow and skin to crawl. Why did I try it? I think it was a matter of intrigue and hunger and the price was dirt cheap, suspiciously cheap at about a pound...
It looks quite plump when you open it up, the bun sits proudly like an ample bossom on top of a robust little burger, which was not as thin as I expected it to look. Bulked out with some ketchup and a synthetic slice of cheese, it did look quite tasty, even in the raw state. Slam it into the microwave for a couple of minutes and then allow to cool before you eat.
The taste was alright, I was not sick, I did not jump for joy and the earth did not move. The burger was sufficient but lacked a meaty kick and that real beef flavour I yearned for. The bun was pleasant, not soggy or stiff and held the contents together properly. The filling I could have passed on, the cheese needed more oomph and was too sticky and fake tasting.
It is very cheap and would be useful if you're in a hurry, but it needs more; salad, a bigger burger, onions and also they should include a serviette with it! Price wise, it's good value though if you put it up against the burger giants like McDonalds. I didn't hate, but I don't rate it.
I always have good intentions for my work lunch. I can occasionally keep it up having fresh pack ups with sandwiches, sometimes pasta from my previous nights tea but inevitably there are times that I aren't organised and I revert to rustlers.
The quarter pounder was my first experience before later trying the ever expanding range including the chicken sandwich and most recently the meat ball sandwich. The quarter pounder is still trading, advertised with its slogan of '0 to tasty in seconds' emphasising its cooking method is the microwave. The quarter pounder comes in company of a tomato sauce sachet and cheese slice.
Its main selling feature is the time factor. Sometimes you just dont have time to cook but you do need sometihing filling so this ticks both those boxes. A quarter pounder in any form is going to be much more filling than a standard burger, this is no expection. Another huge selling point is the price, of which varies but is often placed at a £1 by many major supermarkets. At this price it is clearly a bargain and is value for money.
Obviously being a fast convenient product the taste of the product is never going to match those burgers at the top end of the market. The burger is pretty tasteless and doesnt taste particularly fresh, as you woudl expect. The cheese is a welcome accompaniment but if your like me, anything other than a Heinz ketchup, makes burgers taste substandard. In other words the ketchup that is supplied doesn't exactly add to the product. Another bad feature is the fact that you feel pretty guilty about eating it after due to the massive fat content.
Overall I think the product is one of those you get what you pay for. If you want a top of the range burger then your not going to be paying around £1 for the privilege. Probably the best way to sum up rustlers quarter pounder would be to compare it to greasy take aways where you pay up to 4 times the amount and would not get much better quality. For that reason i give it three stars as its time factor and fillingness mean it does serve a purpose but anything above three stars would suggest that it has a decent taste.
The Rustler quarter pounder beef burger with added textured soya protein in a sesame seeded bun, with a processed cheese slice and a sachet of tomato ketchup is a great, extremely fast snack or meal as you like it. It is currently on sale at Tesco's for 1.29 until sometime in October, so now would be the best time to try it out yourselves.
To cook all you have to do is remove the plastic packaging, garnish with cheese slice and Rustlers tomato ketchup provided then heat on full power as outlined on the box:750W 100 seconds. 850W 90 seconds. 1000W 80 seconds. Remove the burger from the microwave and let stand for 30 seconds.
I've had this burger many times when I'm in a rush and I need something quick and tasty. The problem here though is to ensure you don't overcook the burger, or the buns will start getting stiff as soon as you remove it from the oven. And you have to eat it while it's hot, or it doesn't taste as good!
This was given to me as a 'freebie' outside Manchester Uni Students' Union so I can't really complain now can I?
After having had quite an eventful day & no opportunity to eat I came home hungry & was pleased to be able to have my meal ready in under 2 minutes.
On the pack it tells you exactly how long to microwave for given the wattage of your oven - in my case it was 70 seconds.
So, bearing in mind you need to handle carefully (piping hot) open the wrapper with the cheese slice in & cut open the ketchup sachet - I'd reckon 2 minutes max is all it takes from start to finish.
The packaging is all plastic & is as exactly as shown in the photo - it's clearly marked 'must microwave' & 'follow instructions carefully' - definitely 21st century food!
The picture on the top shows lettuce but you have to provide that yourself but the following is included -
1 x quite thick burger (nice colour & 'meaty' looking)
1 x white burger bun (mine was plain not seeded as shown)
1 x slice processed cheese
1 x small sachet of tomato sauce
All the nutritional information & ingredients are listed on the label on the bottom of the pack. The ingredients list is very long as they've listed them individually for the burger, bread, cheese slice & tomato ketchup - you wouldn't have time to read all this in 2 minutes!
Although it states that 'The Rustler's Flame Grill Cheeseburger uses only the finest quality beef.... traceable back to the farm of origin...' don't think this is healthy as there are plenty of preservatives & additives.
It also states that the product contains gluten, soya, milk & egg which may not suit anyone with allergies.
I expected the burger to shrink in size but it didn't - big mouthfuls here!
I also expected it to taste artificial - obviously not the same as home-made - but I was surprised as it tasted good & 'meaty'.
The cheese slice melted beautifully on the burger & the sauce was nice but a bit more runny & sweeter than Heinz ketchup.
If I hadn't been so hungry I would have popped some sliced onions, lettuce & gherkins on to add flavour but it was nice enough without.
- RRP - £1.49 ( expensive I think) but there are usually offers around & mine was free!
- very quick & easy to prepare.
- tasted like a good quality cheeseburger in my opinion.
- not the healthiest burger around but at least you can read what you're eating.
I picked up the Rustler cheeseburger in my local Asda superstore a few weeks ago when they were on offer for £1.
I thought I would get a few in because I have just moved house and were I have moved to there is not a kebab or curry house on my walk home from the train station after a few beers with my mates.
You cannot get home after a night drinking and just go to bed without a snack of some sort and toast and a cup of tea just isn't me I like something greasy and well just not good for you.
Anyway I tried my first burger a couple of nights in. I just whacked it into the oven and ping it was done. Well that was quicker than waiting in the kebab house waiting for my kebab to be made up with extra chilli sauce.
The smell was a bit weird cannot really describe it, not really off putting but just a little strange? You get a sachet of sauce to add to the burger which I did add plus a bit of chilli sauce I had in the cupboard.
I sat down in front of the TV watching Sky Sports news and tucked into my Rustlers £1 burger. I was pleasantly surprised it was not as bad as I was expecting it to be. The bread was a little tough but the burger was lovely if I do say so myself and for the price of £1 and for the 60 second wait for the ping on the microwave I could be on to a winner.
My partner went to Asda yesterday and picked me up a couple more of these burgers and the chicken burger too.
All in this is good value for money while it's at £1 a go and it certainly is a good substitute for that greasy fix I need after a night drinking. Thanks Rustlers.
With the days getting colder and more wintery my husband wanted something quick and warming for lunch as he was fed up this the usual sandwichs and snack he would have in his pack lunches. While doing the weekly shop i saw the Rustler Quarter Pounder Cheese and thought that this may be a suitable item to meet my husbands lunch requirments. I brought to for him to try. the next day he took the Rustler Quarter Pounder Cheese to work and at lunch time he followed the instructions on the pack and heated the Rustler Quarter Pounder Cheese up, he added the cheese and ketchup afterwards. The smell was alittle off putting he thought but, still it was more applealing that the sandwich hed had in reserve. the bun was ok but a little dry. the meat was quite moist and no hard bits where it might have been over processed in the microwave.
Picked up one of these this week in the little shop opposite the office where I work to microwave in my break as a snack.
I was not expecting great things, after all how good is a pre-packed microwavable burger likely to be? It's hardly likely to get the Gordon Ramsay seal of approval is it? So with my expectations set somewhere between Pot-Noodle and Pepperami levels break time rolled around and off to the microwave I went...
As far as preperation goes it was very simple, put the bun with the burger inside it in the microwave on a little cardboard sleeve it comes with, nuke it, then put a cheese slice and some tomato sauce (both included) on it, and enjoy...
In actual fact I'm shocked to report it was not bad! The bottom of the bun where it was sitting on the cardboard went a bit hard, but other than that I liked it! The burger itself had a satisfying meaty taste and texture, and the processed cheese slice melted nicely on to the burger.
Hardly going to win awards for fine dining, but when you've only got a few minutes and a microwave, you probably won't do much better and still have change from £2!
With added textured soya protein in a sesame seeded bun, a processed cheese slice and a sachet of tomato ketchup - go on treat yourself.