Grilling gloves are designed to protect your hands and forearms from burns while you grill. They'll help you minimize injuries as you get the fire started, and can be a big help in the event of sudden flare-ups. Gloves are also used when basting, removing food from the grill and transferring food to serving trays. Even if the handle on your favorite tongs heats up, your hands will still be protected. When you finish cooking, you'll be able to clean the grill faster while it's still warm, which can make grease and sauce removal easier [source: Truini].
Look for gloves made from fire-proof and heat-resistant products. Higher quality gloves may cost more but can often withstand higher temperatures and better protect your hands.