Rustlers Flame Grilled Quarter Pounder

Review of Rustlers Flame Grilled Quarter Pounder


Well here we were, basking away at Café Nasty when an email popped up on the bPad. Yes you guessed it… another week another review from our man with a (burger) plan. When it comes to reviews he is more relentless than The Terminator and I assure you, he will be back. With that, Burger Lad® hands you over to Andrew as he goes 0 to tasty in seconds…

And now for something completely different. The Rustlers Flame-Grilled Quarter Pounder.

What they say:

Quarter pounder beef burger with added textured soya protein in a sesame seeded bun, with a processed cheese slice and a sachet of Rustlers sauce.

Calories: 293 kcal per 100g. It’s 190g. You do the maths. I’ve got a burger to eat.

Cost: £2.20 from Ocado. May vary at other sources.

Well, firstly this goes in the microwave. There are two options – nuke the burger and the bun, or just the burger and toast the bun. I opted for the second option as I’m unconvinced bread and microwaves are happy bedfellows.

So I removed the packaging and took out the cheese and the sauce. I put the burger and the bun in their respective heating appliances and pressed the buttons.

Rustlers Flame Grilled Quarter Pounder
Lettuce not included…

A ping and a beep later and I was building a burger, realising that the whole affair was so fast, I had no time to muse on anything during the wait. Bottom bun, cheese slice, burger, sauce, top bun. Job done.

Best thing so far – no bloody tomato to have to take out.

Bite. Well first impressions are that this tastes exactly as you’d imagine – a burger at the very edge of the convenience spectrum. I found the sauce a bit odd so I decided to squirt a bit of ketchup (yes, before you need to shout “hypocrite” at your screen, I appreciate the irony of a tomato-remover using ketchup).

Anyway, as I get through it, I realise toasting the bun was the better choice. The cheese had melted between the bun and the burger, but it can’t really taste it as the sauce dominates proceedings. The meat is ok. The whole thing tastes rather processed but that isn’t at all surprising.

The cooking instructions (which must be followed to the letter) have given me a very hot burger and that’s really good.

Rustlers Flame Grilled Quarter Pounder
Rustlers Flame Grilled Quarter Pounder…

As I pause to marshal my thoughts, I’m drawn to the picture on the packet which has some lettuce in it. A “serving suggestion” apparently, and one of several ways I could have improved and tailored my burger. It was put together in my own kitchen so ingredients to hand included lettuce, tomato (but, no!), beetroot, carrot, onions, Brie, kit-kats and marmalade.

All of which could have pepped this up a bit, but therein lies the conundrum.

This burger isn’t pretending to be an Admiral Codrington cheeseburger or anything even close. It’s convenience food at its most convenient and as such, carries out its task with aplomb. But as soon as you start thinking about bespoke additions, it starts becoming less convenient and you may as well go the whole hog and create your own fresh burger (as Burger Lad® has been doing).

Rustlers Flame Grilled Quarter Pounder
Don’t be hasty, go 0 to tasty…

A fresh homemade burger with all your own ingredients would be better. A gourmet burger would be even better.

But neither would cost £2.20 nor be as quick or convenient and that’s the point. Rustlers’ marketing line is “0 to tasty in seconds” and it has carved out and admirably serves a niche.

I finished the whole thing in less than a minute. No fries of course here. In fact from fridge to dishwasher was probably all within five minutes.

As I said, it was the Rustlers sauce that came through strongest. A mustardy-vinegary orange-coloured recipe that I wasn’t too keen on. It did seem to lighten up a bit after adding ketchup though.

Verdict-wise, I probably wouldn’t have it again. I’m simply never in need of a five-minute meal but I’m sure plenty people are sometimes and in such cases the Rustlers burger does the job.

Another fine piece of burger analysis there by our PBC – our other microwaveable burger review is currently our 9th most read review/post so people out there do you want to know about these products. I’d literally a day or two ago saw their new “Hot Naans” and couldn’t help wonder what they are like. Anyway we’ve got to go as Miss Milkshake and I are off to do a review of our own – you better stay tuned…

Burger Lad®


7 thoughts on “Rustlers Flame Grilled Quarter Pounder

  • 18th May 2014 at 8:51 am

    Yes, BL and Andrew I did enjoy reading this review. Personally, I think that offering a range of fast service food is a positive.

  • 14th June 2015 at 3:37 pm

    it tastes of sweaty flaps in a meaty bap

  • 14th November 2016 at 2:43 am

    The best way I’ve found to use a Rustlers is to get your grill on high, take everything out of the packet, discard the sauce sachet as far as is humanly possible, pop the bun halves cut side up under the grill to toast. While this is happening nuke the burger (a bit less then the instructions say), then assemble with the cheese slice and any condiments you like (for me its spicy ketchup/mayo and mustard), then wrap in kitchen towel and nuke for 10 seconds to meld all the flavours. It sounds a bit drawn out but the whole process takes a couple of minutes and you get a decent snack. My local shop usually has a deal on where they cost £1…bargain I would say.

  • 18th February 2017 at 2:25 pm

    I bought two on offer from my local shop, for after a planned night of making shapes haha. As you say Shaun, you can’t go wrong for that kind of price. Another great review BL.

  • 25th October 2017 at 1:03 pm

    I was looking for a quick snack and decided to buy a rustler chicken burger and a rib on. I liked both but was a bit disappointed with the picture on the front. Both have lettuce and sliced tomatoes pictured in the burger but on opening the packaging they left me disappointed, with just the bun, sauce and the meat, no tomatoes, no lettuce, so why put it in the picture ? it does not say serving suggestion ? or you may like to serve with! so why make people think they come with these. ?
    never the less a quick and convenient food which is hot instead of a cold sandwich for lunch also price was on special just over a pounds which I think is about right for what you get in the packet I would not pay more than what I did if it had been at full price I would have walked away and brought something else.

    • 25th October 2017 at 1:46 pm

      Sorry just seen the suggestion notice lol


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