> The Beesley Buzz: Our FUN MONSTER BURGERS #RustlersHack


As a general rule, I prefer to cook meals from scratch, but there are certain days when that just isn't possible. Fridays for example. For most people, Friday night is a case of 'the weekend starts here' but for us it's a crazy-busy day. After school, D has his guitar lesson, followed by Miss T's girl's brigade (where I also volunteer as a helper), next it's J's piano lesson, finally followed by both the boys going to Boys Brigade (where Richard volunteers as a helper). That takes us from 3.15pm through to 10.15pm on Fridays when the boys get home from Boys Brigade. So where exactly does dinner fit in? You do the math as they say...there is very little time to get a meal ready at any point throughout the evening.

We used to make Friday a takeaway night - but even trying to squeeze in the time to pick up a take-away was throwing all our timings out. And the rest of the weekend isn't always much better with Miss T's drama class on Saturdays, zooming around Tesco for our grocery shopping, church on Sundays, and J's special needs club too to fit in.

So it really was a case of Rustlers to the rescue when we realised that these Southern Fried Chicken Burgers can be ready in just 90 SECONDS! Yep, 90 seconds in the microwave! Wow! That is certainly going to help with the weekend mayhem in our household.

As the Chicken burgers take such little time to prepare, it gives us time to get a few other ingredients ready to make these a really fun family meal where the kids can get involved too.

I put together a big platter of ingredients - Mainly the usual items we have in our fridge and store cupboards. For example, my kids adore gherkins and olives so I've always got jars of those to hand.

Some of the veg I cut in different ways eg. carrots cut both into slices and batons. Cucumber cut into zig-zag spikes, That way it gave the kids the flexibility to get creative in any way they wished.

So we ended up with fun MONSTER BURGERS!

All 3 different, but all three super fun and convenient and tasty.

Here's a little video to show how the kid's got on...

In case you fancy having a go at this #RustlersHack to make your Rustler burgers super fun (and it's a great way of upping intake of those all important veggies), here's a list of what was on my platter:

  • Gem lettuce
  • Cucumber
  • Tomato / cherry tomatoes
  • Radish
  • Carrot
  • Mango
  • Coriander
  • Spring onion
  • Olives
  • Gherkins
  • Grated cheese
  • Cheese slices
  • Avocado
  • Crispy kale (lightly oiled and baked in oven for 8-10 mins)

We also had:

  • Potato waffles
  • Cocktail sticks

D's 'dino-alien' burger called 'Jeffrey'

Miss T's 'Monster Beak-Beak' burger

We didn't end up using all these ingredients as you can see from the video and photos but I wanted to have plenty of choice for the kids creative juices to run wild. So even if you only have a few ingredients, there is still the potential to make your own monster burgers. Just go with whatever you have in the fridge at the time. It's loads of fun!
D's 'Jeffrey the dino-alien' burger and Miss T's 'Monster Beak-Beak'

I was impressed to find out that the chicken used in Rustlers, the UK's No1 Micro-snacking brand, is traceable to farm and their factory is BRC accredited which is mega-important in the food industry. They are available in loads of supermarkets and grocery stores. We picked ours up at Tesco.

This post is an entry for BritMums ‘Rustlers Burger Hacking Challenge’, sponsored by Rustlers (http://rustlersonline.com/)

Disclosure: We were sent a £20 Tesco voucher to purchase Rustlers Southern Fried chicken burgers and ingredients for this challenge. All opinions are our own. 


  1. OMGoodness I love these! I'm going to try these out with Max x

  2. We entered this too, but your entry looks amazing. Definitely deserves the creative top prize. I assume you did it before the op

    1. thank you. Yes we did it before the operation - gradually easing back into the kitchen now and I can't wait til i'm fully recovered. x


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