Today I figured out a way to drain ground beef without making a huge mess and accidentally pouring grease down the sink (a BIG no-no if you don't want your drainpipes clogged).
My dirty-dish pile included a small skillet that someone had used to fry an egg for breakfast. I lined it with 3 or 4 paper towels, then placed a colander inside.
Then I poured the cooked ground beef out of the big skillet and into the colander.
All the grease drained onto the towels below.
Sorry for that last shot--I know it's gross, but I wanted to show that there were NO spills. I just carried the skillet with the towels right to the trash and dumped them in. No mess and nothing down the drain.